Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Virginia: Outdated Same-Sex Marriage Ban

From WJHL-TV News Channel:

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – An effort to get rid of an outdated ban on same-sex marriage in Virginia cleared its final hurdle of the 2021 General Assembly on Friday.

The provision defining marriage as between a man and a woman was added to the state’s constitution in 2006. While the section is no longer enforceable, some lawmakers say it’s a stain that needs to be removed.

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), the first openly gay Virginian to win a seat in the General Assembly, introduced the amendment. “It’s to affirm in our Constitution that this is a right that won’t be denied to people and that our state values all people, regardless of who they love,” Ebbin said.

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