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Virginia & the Definition of Marriage

by  Dave Miller, Ph.D.

Amid angry cries of “discrimination,” “dangerous,” and “the potential for taking away other rights,” the elected representatives of yet another state are standing firm on the “traditional” (i.e., biblical) definition of marriage. The House of Delegates in Richmond, Virginia voted 73-22 to allow Virginia citizens to decide this November whether to add a marriage amendment to the Commonwealth’s constitution. Besides banning same-sex unions by defining marriage as occurring between a man and a woman, the amendment would prevent Virginia officials from recognizing out-of-state same-sex unions as marriages. The Virginia Senate is expected to duplicate the action of the House. If voters approve the measure, Virginia would become the twentieth state to provide constitutional protection to marriage (Jenkins, 2006).

The Bible is crystal clear in its affirmation that God intends for marriage to consist of one man and one woman (Genesis 1:27; 2:24). A society’s departure from that prototype is deadly and disastrous (cf. Genesis 19).


Jenkins, Chris L. (2006), “Gay Marriage Ban Advances in Va.,” Washington Post, January 14, [On-line], URL: 1785.html.

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