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West Virginia Marriage Amendment (2010)

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A West Virginia Marriage Amendment did not appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot in West Virginia as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The legislative session ended March 20, 2010 without a vote on the proposed marriage amendment, thus defeating it for the 2010 ballot.

The proposed measure called for defining marriage as "between one man and one woman." Specifically the measure would add a new article, designated Article XV, Section one, to the West Virginia Constitution relating to the definition of marriage in West Virginia.[1][2]

The proposed amendment, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 14, was sponsored by Senators Walt Helmick, Michael Oliverio, Roman Prezioso, Frank Deem, Donna Boley, Evan Jenkins, Mike Green (West Virginia), Mike Hall (West Virginia), David Sypolt, Karen Facemyer, Jesse Guills, Jack Yost, Truman Chafin and Robert Plymale.

Text of measure

Constitutional changes

According to the filed measure, it would have added a new article, designated as Article XV, Section One. The new section would have read as follows:[1]


§1. Marriage Defined.
Only a union between one man and one woman is valid or recognized as marriage in West Virginia.

Path to the ballot

See also: West Virginia legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

A two-thirds vote in both chambers of the West Virginia State Legislature is required to refer an amendment to the ballot.

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