Virginia Bill Regarding Marriage Licenses (SB 40)
This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2016
SB 40 would allow government officials to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples because of their religious beliefs.
The bill states that a clerk or deputy clerk may not be required to issue a marriage license if the clerk has an objection to the issuance of such license on “personal, ethical, moral, or religious grounds.”
If a clerk or deputy clerk refuses to issue a marriage license, the parties contemplating marriage may be issued a license by the State Registrar of Vital Records. This would require same-sex couples to go to the DMV to obtain a marriage license.