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Steps to Amending Va. Constitution to Lift Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

Jan. 24, 2014

Attorney General Mark Herring says he won't support the Virginia State Constitution's ban on gay marriage. But what exactly would it take to change the Virginia Constitution?

According to the Constitution, an amendment can be proposed in the Senate or House of Delegates at any time.

Then, a majority of representatives in each house must vote in favor of the proposal.

After that, the proposal is voted on again during the next General Assembly session after a general election of the House of Delegates, which happens every two years.

If it passes again, the public will vote on it, and if a majority of people vote in favor of it, the amendment becomes part of the constitution.

The amendment to ban gay marriage passed in 2006.

Any proposed new amendment would not be ready for Virginia voters until 2016.

Some Republicans are firing back at Atty. Gen. Herring, saying he's not doing his job, which is to defend the State Constitution.

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