Virginia State Senator Adam Ebbin, a Democrat, says he's received GOP support for his legislation that seeks to repeal the state's ban on gay marriage.

Voters in 2006 approved the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which prohibits the state from recognizing any union other than a heterosexual marriage.

Ebbin, the Senate's only openly gay member, and Delegate Joseph Morrisey have introduced in their respective legislative chambers complimentary bills which would repeal the amendment.

Before it reaches the ballot box in 2016, lawmakers must approve the resolution during two consecutive legislative sessions.

“I've waited to introduce this bill until we've come to the point where I think that Virginians are ready to pass [it],” Ebbin told “I have had discussions with Republicans and Democrats, including with people who supported the Marshall-Newman Amendment. There are supportive Republicans in the General Assembly.”

“We're working to win,” he added. “If we don't win one year, we're working towards winning. It's not tilting at windmills, it's making things happen, whether quickly or over a multi-year effort.”

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, has endorsed same-sex marriage, though his signature is not needed for the question to reach voters.

A federal lawsuit challenging the state's marriage ban was filed in federal court over the summer. Ted Olson and David Boies, the legal team behind the legal challenge to California's Proposition 8, joined the case in September.