Constitution of Virginia

Constitution of Virginia
8/22/2019

Article I. Bill of Rights

Section 12. Freedom of speech and of the press; right peaceably to assemble, and to petition

That the freedoms of speech and of the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained except by despotic governments; that any citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances.