Equality Virginia

January 23, 2014

Virginia's Attorney General will not defend Marriage Equality ban

Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring has changed his position on marriage equality by stating that his office will no longer continue to defend Virginia’s ban on marriage equality.

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November 8, 2013

LGBT equality first order of business for Virginia Governor-Elect

Governor elect Terry McAuliffe assured Virginians he will live up to his campaign promises, one of which was to sign an Executive Order protecting all state employees, including LGBT employees, from employment discrimination.

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Story to Watch: VA Board of Juvenile Justice Upholds Protections for LGBT Youth

On Tuesday, the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice voted 5-1 to continue including specific language which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation in rules governing residential facilities. This marks the third time in a year and a half that the Board has reaffirmed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, protections that have been in existence since 2005.

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Story to Watch: VA Board Allows Adoption Agencies to Discriminate Based on Sexual Orientation, Other Factors

Contrary to the will of the majority of Virginians, state-licensed adoption agencies will soon be able to legally discriminate against prospective adoptive and foster parents on the basis of sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, religion, political belief and family status. Meanwhile, nearly 6,000 Virginia children live in foster care.
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