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Virginia Bill Regarding Marriage Licenses (SB 40)

This law was last updated on Sep 12, 2016


State

Virginia

Number

SB 40

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Dec 15, 2015

Topics

Conscience and Refusal Clauses, LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

leg1.state.va.us

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.


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