Lawmakers Looking to Challenge Virginia's Same Sex Ban


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Several Democratic Virginia lawmakers have pushed for bills that would strengthen rights for gay couples; however, with a Republican majority House of Delegates, that could be a tough bill to pass.

Dr. Bob Roberts, a local political analyst, said he expects a decision to come down in the next two months.

The Virginia State Legislature has decided not to vote to overturn the ban.

A Senate committee was considering overturning, but the chairman said it wasn't the right year.

The process would be complicated as it would require passing the General Assembly twice and voters would also have to approve to get rid of the constitutional ban.

Roberts said the court could have a bigger impact in the short term.

"What you're seeing in terms of the legislature, is not relevant. That's not going to go anywhere. It probably might not even get out of the Senate, and it will go nowhere in the house," said Roberts, "I think the court issue is much more significant than the proposals that you're seeing in the legislature."

Roberts said that while poll numbers in the commonwealth show a majority supports same-sex marriage, the number of people who actually vote in elections makes this a very closely divided issue.


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