Virginia’s House of Delegates Quashes Gay Marriage Ban Repeal Without Hearing

Virginia Chariman elegate Mark Cole today announced that the Privileges and Elections Committee would wait until next session to hear any constitutional amendments, according to a press release from Delegate Scott Surovell's office.

Said Surovell (pictured): Surovell

“Virginia Republican’s refusal to even consider same-sex marriage is backwards and proving increasingly archaic. Marriage is about loving, committed couples who want to make a lifelong promise to take care of and be responsible for each other, in good times and bad.”

Two bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, would repeal the Marshall-Newman Amendment passed in 2006 which banned same-sex marriage in Virginia's Constitution.

VirginiaAdded Ebbin:

“Virginians are ready to repeal the Marshall-Newman amendment. This unfair and discriminatory law denies loving couples the chance to build a life together, throwing up burdens that straight couples never have to face. People deserve to be judged by their actions, and laws that deny people fundamental rights because of their sexual orientation should have no place in Virginia. We have lost and will continue to lose hard-working citizens to other states.”


  1. Sam says

    Why would his head spin out of control? Sounds like he is getting what he wants. Refusal to consider overturning the ban by legislative republicans. And in Virginia, to repeal an amendment, it has to pass the state legislature twice in two consecutive sessions I believe. So this just pushes the legislative repeal back even longer.

  2. Hey Darlin' says

    Politics is a career where a civil servant carries out the decisions of a public who can not be trusted/allowed to make their own questionable choices. What if the actual choice made is to follow planted fear and take away liberties of your state’s citizens. For example, redefining your state constitution relatively recently to further ostracize a group of people and insure they are pushed outside the “norm” when it comes to marriage rights. Should this give all citizens faith in their political leaders ability to keep those questionable choices out of the public’s hands?

  3. woodroad34 says

    There are four corners to politics; most people think of the judicial, legislative, and administrative arms…but there is also the public-the fourth arm. Each mitigates the other and it makes me scream when legislators or idiots like Sarah Palin make comments about anti-gay laws being struck down despite the citizenry having voted for them: “The people VOTED! How dare the courts wipe out what the PEOPLE voted for”. Yeah, well, THE PEOPLE are as stupid as the representatives they voted for and that’s why they need to be held in check as much as Congress or the Presidency. So bring on the lawsuits since the representatives are too lazy or mean spirited. We’ll mitigate them again and again and again and they will lose again and again and again.