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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 121 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 121

(By Delegates Blair, Anderson, Andes, Armstead, Ashley, Azinger, Barker, Border, Cann, Canterbury, Carmichael, Cowles, Duke, Eldridge, Ellem, Evans, Frazier, Givens, Hall, Hamilton, Hartman, Ireland, Lane, Louisos, Martin, McGeehan, Michael, C. Miller, J. Miller, Moye, Overington, Perdue, Perry, Porter, Romine, Ross, Rowan, Schoen, Shaver, Shott, Skaff, Smith, Sobonya, Stowers, Sumner, Walker, Walters and Williams)


Expressing the will of the Legislature urging Governor Manchin or the Legislature to extend the regular session, or in the alternative, schedule an extraordinary session for the purpose of immediate consideration of House Joint Resolution 5 and House Joint Resolution 24, both introduced during the 2009 Regular Session.

Whereas, Thirty states currently have constitutional language defining marriage; and
Whereas, Some state courts, most notably Connecticut, Massachusetts and California, and most recently Iowa, have ruled that those states must permit same-sex marriages; and
Whereas, In states where court rulings have allowed same-sex marriage and those state constitutions were subsequently amended to define marriage, same-sex marriage allowed during the interim period are now being litigated to determine their validity; and
Whereas, The West Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Constitutional Revision has failed to consider House Joint Resolution 5 or House Joint Resolution 24 during the 2009 Regular Session, which both propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman and has failed to address the same issue brought before it in previous legislative sessions; and
Whereas, Submitting a proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage to the people of West Virginia would afford voters the opportunity to ratify or reject such amendment and let their voices be heard on this issue; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That Governor Manchin or the Legislature extend the 2009 regular legislative session, or in the alternative, schedule an extraordinary session for the purpose of immediate consideration of House Joint Resolution 5 and House Joint Resolution 24, or other similar resolution which would propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Legislature urges the adoption of House Joint Resolution 5 or House Resolution 24, or other similar resolution which would propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage in West Virginia; and, be it
Further Resolved, That following adoption of a joint resolution defining marriage in West Virginia that such amendment be submitted to the voters of West Virginia for ratification or rejection as required by Article XIV, Section 2 of the West Virginia Constitution.
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