Same-sex marriage is legal in the Commonwealth thanks to the Supreme Court, but language defining marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman still exist in state documents.
While there are efforts from other legislators to update the code, one VA Senator has stepped up to fix the state’s most powerful legal document.
SJ 2, submitted by Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30), aims to cross out the 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment which banned same-sex marriage. The resolution is different from a bill because it amends the state’s constitution. It would have to pass the House and Senate twice in the same form over two years, divided by a state election, and then go to popular vote.
“More and more people, as time goes by, realize they have nothing to fear from loving gay couples committing their lives to on another,” Ebbin said.
Ebbin tried to pass a similar bill last year, but it failed to make it out of Senate Privileges and Elections committee where it will return this year before going to the Senate floor for a vote.
“This will pass eventually,” said the Senator. “Whether it’s this year, or next year, I’ll keep at it.”
Per usual, when dealing with LGBTQ issues, Ebbin said he was “confident” he would have support from his fellow democrats but he called Virginia Republicans “kind of a wild card.”
“I just haven’t presented the resolution yet to see if this is something we can have happen sooner than later,” he said.
The 2016 General Assembly starts Jan. 2016. GayRVA will be following many bills as they progress through the legislature, so stay tuned.