Review: § 57-9

From here. This is the statute that the Virginia churches overwhelming satisfied, as found in the ruling of the Fairfax Circuit Court. The court has all ready received counsel briefs on the constitutional issues and the judge has requested briefs there are any other constitutional issues. In addition, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia will now enter the case and will defend the constitutionality of the Virginia law.

§ 57-9. How property rights determined on division of church or society.

A. If a division has heretofore occurred or shall hereafter occur in a church or religious society, to which any such congregation whose property is held by trustees is attached, the members of such congregation over 18 years of age may, by a vote of a majority of the whole number, determine to which branch of the church or society such congregation shall thereafter belong. Such determination shall be reported to the circuit court of the county or city, wherein the property held in trust for such congregation or the greater part thereof is; and if the determination be approved by the court, it shall be so entered in the court’s civil order book, and shall be conclusive as to the title to and control of any property held in trust for such congregation, and be respected and enforced accordingly in all of the courts of the Commonwealth.