SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 14
(By Senators Helmick, Oliverio, Prezioso, Deem, Boley, Jenkins,
Green, Hall, Sypolt, K. Facemyer, Guills, Yost, Chafin and
[Introduced February 22, 2010; referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West
Virginia, by adding a new article, designated article XV,
section one, relating to the definition of marriage in this
state; numbering and designating such proposed amendment; and
providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, two thirds of
the members elected to each house agreeing thereto:
That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment
to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to
the voters of the state at a special election to be held in the
year 2010, which proposed amendment is that article XV, section one
be added thereto, to read as follows:
ARTICLE XV. MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT.
§1. Marriage Defined.
Only a union between one man and one woman is valid or
recognized as marriage in West Virginia.
That in accordance with the provisions of
article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931,
as amended, the proposed amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment
No. 1" and designated as the "Marriage Protection Amendment" and
the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows:
"Only a union between man and woman is valid or recognized as
marriage in West Virginia."
NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is to propose an
amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia that
only a union between man and woman is valid or recognized as
marriage in West Virginia.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present Constitution, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.