House panel OKs amendment to ban gay ‘marriage’

The Washington Times
February 5, 2005
By Christina Bellantoni

RICHMOND — A House of Delegates panel yesterday overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as the union of one man and one woman and would ban same-sex civil unions.

The proposed amendment is expected to pass the Republican-controlled legislature with significant majorities next week. If approved by voters next year, the amendment would make Virginia the first state in the region to define marriage.

Yesterday, the House Privileges and Elections Committee voted 15-5 for the traditional marriage amendment after hearing emotional testimony from homosexuals.

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