HJ 539

  • Virginia House Joint Resolution
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in House Jan 11, 2021
  • House
  • Senate
  • Governor

Constitutional amendment; removes same-sex marriage prohibition.


Constitutional amendment (first reference);marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; recognition ofsame-sex marriages. Repeals the constitutional provision definingmarriage as only a union between one man and one woman, as well asthe related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of theUnited States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges,576 U.S. 644 (2015). The amendment provides that the Commonwealthand its political subdivisions and its agents are required to issuemarriage licenses, recognize marriages, and treat all marriages equallyunder the law, regardless of the gender of the two parties to themarriage. The amendment further provides that religious organizationsand clergy acting in their religious capacity have the right to refuseto perform any marriage.

Bill Sponsors (76)

Candi Mundon King


Angelia Williams Graves




Feb 03, 2021


Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (HJ582-Sickles)

Feb 01, 2021


Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HJ582-Sickles)

Jan 14, 2021


Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments

Jan 11, 2021


Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101372D


Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

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