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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.”

Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Repeal Ban on Gay Marriage

Openly gay state senator Adam Ebbin (D-30th) has introduced legislation to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage, the Sun Gazette reports:

EbbinVoters statewide approved the amendment in 2006 by a 57-percent-to-43-percent majority, and while public support for gay marriage appears to have increased over the intervening seven years, any attempt to eliminate the constitutional amendment would face significant hurdles.

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.

The paper calls the bill's chances "a longshot".

Out Delegate Adam Ebbin Poised to Be Virginia's First Gay State Senator

Virginia Del. Adam Ebbin won his Democratic primary last night in the race for state senate, placing him in position to become that state's first openly gay state senator, the Victory Fund reports:

Ebbin Originally elected in 2003 and sworn into office in 2004, Adam Ebbin was the first openly LGBT person elected to the Virginia State Legislature. He went on to win reelection in 2005, 2007 and 2009 before deciding to run to bring his authentic voice to the State Senate.

Victory Fund President and CEO Chuck Wolfe said of this historic victory:

Given his heavily Democratic district, Adam Ebbin’s primary victory all but assures that he will become the first out Virginia State Senator. This is an incredible milestone for the LGBT community and is further proof that voters today see LGBT people as just as committed to their communities as any other public servant.

Ebbin is the only out member of the Virginia legislature.

MetroWeekly adds: "Ebbin secured the Democratic nomination -- winning (with one precinct not reporting) by just more than 300 votes out of more than 11,000 cast. Close behind Ebbin was Alexandria City Council member K. Rob Krupicka. Arlington School Board member Elizabeth Garvey came in third."


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