West Virginia Marriage Amendment (2014)

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The West Virginia Marriage Amendment will not appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in West Virginia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have defined marriage as the union between one man and one woman and prohibited the state from recognizing same-sex marriages.[1]

The measure's assigned name was Marriage Protection Amendment.[2]

The proposed amendment was sponsored in the West Virginia Legislature by State Senator David Sypolt (R-14) as Senate Joint Resolution 5.[3]

Text of measure

Ballot summary

The proposed ballot purpose summary read as follows:[2]

To amend the State Constitution to restrict marriage to one man and one woman; and to prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages.[4]

Constitutional changes

The proposed amendment would have added a Section 23 to Article III, also known as the Bill of Rights, of the Constitution of West Virginia:[2]

§23. Marriage Protection Amendment.
Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for same-sex relationships to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities or effects of marriage.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the West Virginia Constitution

According to the West Virginia Constitution, a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the West Virginia Legislature was required to refer the amendment to the ballot.

See also

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References

  1. West Virginia Legislature, "Senate Joint Resolution 5 Text," accessed February 21, 2014
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  3. West Virginia Legislature, "Senate Joint Resolution 5," accessed February 21, 2014
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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