Monday, March 20, 2023

VA Legislators Seek to Update Constitution & Statutes

In an effort to remove two provisions in Virginia law that were superseded by last June’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal in every state, two members of Virginia’s legislature from Northern Virginia, who also happen to be gay, introduced bills to repeal the sections of the state constitution and law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Senator Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria and Delegate. Mark D. Sickles, D-Fairfax, want to remove Article I, Section 15-A of the state Constitution says that “only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions”, Section 20-45.2 of the Code of Virginia says: “A marriage between persons of the same sex is prohibited” and Section 20-45.3 of the state code stating that “A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited.”

For more, follow Andrew Cain of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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