Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell issued the following statement Friday on the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges.
“I have been a longtime supporter of traditional marriage and am naturally disappointed by today’s Supreme Court ruling. However, our nation is governed by the rule of law and we must respect the authority of the Court.
“Moving forward, it is paramount that the religious liberties of all Virginians be respected. While we must and will abide by the law, we must also ensure that the God-given and Constitutionally-guaranteed right to the free exercise of religion is not diminished in light of this ruling. The House of Delegates will fight to uphold this principle.
“While many are understandably disappointed, I expect Virginia will fully comply with today’s ruling. While no immediate action is necessary, Senate Majority Leader Norment and I are sending today a letter to the Virginia Code Commission asking to evaluate what, if any, future changes will be necessary to bring the Code of Virginia into compliance with the Court’s ruling.”