RICHMAND, Virginia (WRIC) – Four Republicans have joined Democrats in the Virginia Senate to accept a proposal for voters to consider whether they want to lift the state’s current constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
With 25-14 votesThe Virginia Senate on Monday approved a proposed amendment to the Constitution to repeal a provision of the state constitution that defines marriage as “only an alliance between one man and one woman». One Republican, David R. Zuterlane (Roanoke County), did not vote.
Despite the vote, the amendment is unlikely to go to the polls this fall Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives rejected the same proposal. Two Democrats in the House of Representatives told 8News that those gathered would try to renew the proposal for a full vote on Tuesday.
“We are trying to change the rules to allow this,” Dale wrote. Sam Rasul (D-Roanoke) in a text message from 8News.
Democrats used their majority in the General Assembly take action last year. But the proposed amendment to the Constitution requires that a second vote of the legislature be added this year during the midterm elections as a referendum.
In 2006, Virginia voters approved an amendment to the constitution that banned same-sex marriage. A panel of the 4th District Court of Appeals lifted the ban in 2014, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed by the 2015 Constitution.
Although the House of Representatives vote will retain the outdated language in the Virginia Constitution, it does not affect the legality of same-sex marriage.
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