Virginia Question 1, Marriage Amendment (2006)
The ballot measure was legislatively referred to the ballot by the Virginia State Legislature. It was one of nine marriage-related ballot measures and initiatives that appeared on statewide ballots in 2006; and one of eight that passed.
The ballot wording said:
"Shall Article I (the Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to state: "That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."?