So many advances in Virginia with more to come:
Virginia’s House of Delegates on Tuesday officially repealed a 2006 amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage.
“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), the first openly trans woman elected to the state legislature. “I’m so happy right now.”
The Marshall-Newman Amendment, which 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. Its namesake, then-Del. Bob Marshall (R), lost his seat to Roem in 2017.
We just voted for Del. @nancyguyva’s bill to repeal the statuary code that unconstitutionally and unenforceably bans marriage equality in Virginia.
I’m so happy right now.
— Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) January 28, 2020
This week, VA lawmakers advanced bills to:
✅ allow no-excuse absentee voting
✅ make Election Day a holiday
✅ repeal VA’s ban on gay marriage
✅ protect trans students in schools
✅ repeal VA’s TRAP laws
✅ provide menstrual products to VA students
Let’s keep the wins coming.
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) January 25, 2020
Today was a major day for equality in #Virginia. Delegate @nancyguyva‘s bill to remove the unconstitutional ban on same-sex marriage passed the House this afternoon. I’m proud of Delegate Guy and all of the champions of equality who worked hard for this moment. #LoveisLove 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/FhSQZoETsZ
— Delegate Rip Sullivan (@RipSullivan48) January 28, 2020