Richmond’s ABC affiliate reports:
A bill adding language in the state code legalizing same-sex marriage passed in the Virginia Senate with a bipartisan vote. The bill introduced by state Sens. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Jennifer Boysko (D-Loudoun) would give religious organizations and clergy members the right to refuse to perform any marriage. The 40-member chamber voted 25-12 to pass the measure, with three Republicans siding with Democrats.
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Republicans have a four-seat majority in the Virginia House.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Virginia in October 2014 via the Bostic ruling.
Last year the GOP-controlled Virginia House rejected removing the ban on same-sex marriage from the state constitution.
In 2003, now-state Sen. Adam Ebbin became the first openly gay person elected to the Virginia legislature.
NEW: SB 1096, my bill ensuring that Virginians have the right to marry who they love regardless of their sex, has passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote. pic.twitter.com/qBruveGBSJ
— Adam Ebbin 🇺🇦 (@AdamEbbin) January 24, 2023
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) January 25, 2023