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Growing Republican Support for LGBT Protections in Virginia

HRC's Marty Rouse; Republican Delegate Ron Villanueva; HRC's Ryan Rowe; HRC's Sarah WarbelowRepublican Delegate Ron Villanueva (Virginia Beach) recently introduced legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by public employers.

Although the bill did not receive a vote in committee it is a significant step forward in Virginia.  In fact, several other Republican legislators put their names on LGBT legislation, as well.

At a legislative reception in Richmond last night, I had the honor to personally thank Delegate Villanueva for his support. He told us he was determined to pass non-discrimination legislation.  

HRC looks forward to working with this Republican supporter of equality to build a majority of support for needed protections for LGBT Virginians.

Pictured L to R:  HRC's Marty Rouse; Republican Delegate Ron Villanueva; HRC's Ryan Rowe; HRC's Sarah Warbelow

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