Poliglot (Metro Weekly)
January 15, 2013
A Virginia House subcommittee Monday tabled a bill to repeal the Marshall-Newman Amendment, the 2006 amendment to the Virginia state constitution that banned any and all forms of same-sex relationship recognition, effectively killing the bill for at least three more years. Under Virginia law, any amendment to the state constitution must be passed by a majority of members in both chambers. It then must be held over for a succeeding legislature after the next election, where it must garner a majority in both chambers. Then, it gets placed on the ballot for a referendum and is adopted if approved by a majority of the voters.