2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
July 29, 2015 - Introduced by Representatives Zamarripa, Spreitzer, Shankland,
Barca, Barnes, Berceau, Billings, Bowen, Brostoff, Considine, Danou,
Genrich, Goyke, Hebl, Hesselbein, Hintz, Johnson, Jorgensen, Kahl,
Kessler, Kolste, Mason, Meyers, Milroy, Ohnstad, Pope, Riemer, Sargent,
Sinicki, Stuck, Subeck, C. Taylor, Wachs and Zepnick, cosponsored by
Senators Carpenter, Bewley, Erpenbach, Harris Dodd, C. Larson, Miller,
Ringhand, Risser, L. Taylor and Vinehout. Referred to Committee on
section 13 of article XIII of the constitution; relating to: eliminating
2constitutional restrictions on marriage (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2015 legislature on first
consideration, eliminates the constitutional restriction that only a marriage between
one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and
the provision that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of a
marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.
A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive
legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
3Resolved by the assembly, the senate concurring, That:
Section 13 of article XIII of the constitution is amended so as in effect 5
to repeal said section:
[Article XIII] Section 13. Only a marriage between one man and one woman
7shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or
8substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid
9or recognized in this state.
1Be it further resolved, That
this proposed amendment be referred to the 2
legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three 3
months previous to the time of holding such election.