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Virginia lawmakers kill proposal to repeal ban on same-sex marriage

MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee on Monday voted 6-1 to kill a proposal that would have repealed the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Delegate Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax) introduced HJ665 on Jan. 9, the first day of the current legislative session. He told the Washington Blade after the vote he feels “people affirming their love to each other and living in committed relationships is a universal human right.”

“It’s a civil right,” Surovell said. “I don’t think that the constitution should prohibit the government from recognizing people’s love and commitment to each other solely because of their sexual orientation. I think it’s wrong and it’s hateful.”

Delegate Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria,) who is among the more than two dozen legislators who co-sponsored HJ665, expressed disappointment that the House Privileges and Elections Constitutional Amendments Subcommittee killed the proposal.

“Virginia is going to have to re-visit this issue either because the public demands it, because we are forced to by the Supreme Court or because corporations make it clear that they’d rather move to D.C. or Maryland in order to protect their employees,” he told the Blade in a statement. “Marshall-Newman is so broadly worded, that it puts even basic contracts in question. Ultimately, I’d like us to be talking about an amendment to add marriage freedom to our constitution. But as today’s action shows, we have work to do to even allow for basic contract rights between two people.”

Delegate David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) agreed.

“I did not support the Marshall-Newman amendment when it passed and believe the time is now for it to be repealed,” he said.

Virginians in 2006 approved the amendment by a 57-43 percent margin.

A similar ban passed in neighboring North Carolina in May by a 61-39 percent margin.

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16 more reader comments:

  1. Florida steps forward and Virginia, not so much.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:09am
  2. The First State no more…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:10am
  3. VERY redneck, evidently!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:12am
  4. Welcome to the South…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:18am
  5. I so want to move.. They seem to wanna stay stuck in the past here in VA.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:22am
  6. that’s why we need Federal Protection Under the Law…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:23am
  7. Fuck you Virginia, just fuck you.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:38am
  8. So backwards

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 7:53am
  9. how retro

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:21am
  10. So much for lovers. I think Virginia needs a new slogan.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 8:26am
  11. Come on folks remember that the friggin commonwealth of Virginia also had to be forced to end segregation. Old white assholes still in charge

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 9:31am
  12. Virginia has never been for lovers

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:52am
  13. Good thing I live in NEW YORK

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:54am
  14. Are we surprised ? Lol it’s Virginia! They will never get with the real age

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 10:59am
  15. More backward thinking continues ..

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:09am
  16. yaayyyy…..keep it classy.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:46am