The Virginia Senate is currently debating whether clerks should have the right to refuse issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on their own religious beliefs.
If passed, this bill would create a "Right of Conscience" exemption for circuit court clerks in the Commonwealth, allowing them to refuse issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Senator Bill Carrico is in favor of the bill that protects circuit court clerks from civil and criminal liability for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.
The bill will not actually prevent same-sex couples from marrying, as they can still go through the DMV and get a marriage license from the Department of Vital Records.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality last year, giving same-sex couples the legal right to marry anywhere in the country.