Democratic Virginia legislator Scott Surovell
Effort to Repeal Virginia Marriage Ban Goes Down in Flames

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on January 14 2013 4:36 PM ET

An effort to repeal Virginia's marriage equality ban in the state's House of Delegates failed after Republicans quashed it.

Democrat Scott Surovell, who introduced the repeal legislation, said times have changed since Virginia voters passed a referendum against same-sex marriage in 2006. He also warned that the ban was making the state less desirable for businesses who value equality.

Surovell's measure was defeated in a voice vote in a Republican-controlled subcommittee. Read more here.