Virginia State House Repeals Traditional Marriage Law

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a bill that would officially repeal the state’s statutory same-sex marriage ban, The Hill reports.

“We just voted for Del. @nancyguyva’s bill to repeal the statuary [sic] code that unconstitutionally and unenforceably bans marriage equality in Virginia,” tweeted Virginia Del. Danica Roem (D), “I’m so happy right now.”

“Great day for equality in our Commonwealth!  Moving Virginia forward one step at a time!” Del. Nancy Guy (D), the measure’s sponsor, tweeted in response after the measure passed the chamber 63 to 34 before heading to the state Senate, where Democrats also hold a majority.

The Marshall-Newman Amendment, also referred to as the Virginia Marriage Amendment stated, “Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions,” passed with 57 percent support on the 2006 ballot in Virginia.

The amendment, was named after then Delegate Bob Marshall and Senator Stephen Newman(R). Marshall lost his seat in 2017 to Danica Roem(D), 35, a former journalist and metal musician, and made history when he/she became the first openly transgender state lawmaker elected in the country.

The amendment itself is scheduled to be formally repealed.

The repeal is largely symbolic after the Supreme Court made gay marriage legal nationwide in the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision.

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