Openly Gay State Sen. Introduces Bill To Repeal Marriage Equality Ban In Virginia
Virginia State Sen. Adam Ebbin is sick of being a second class citizen in his state. While the gears turn toward marriage equality in Virginia in other strategies, Sen. Ebbin has introduced legislation that seeks to repeal the state's discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage.
To repeal the 2006 amendment, legislation would have to pass the General Assembly two times with an intervening election, then would go on the ballot in the next succeeding general election. If it won first passage in the 2014 session, the measure would have to again pass the legislature in the 2016 session after the next state election, meaning the earliest the measure could go before voters would be November 2016.
Even gaining first passage in the General Assembly could be the longest of longshots, particularly in the House of Delegates. A companion bill to Ebbin’s has been introduced by Del. Joseph Morrissey (D-Richmond).
In the 2013 session, a similar measure by Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) failed to make it out of a House subcommittee. There was no companion bill in the state Senate.
Voters approved the current ban by a vote of 57 to 43 percent in 2006.