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Virginia Senate Passes Bill Protecting LGBT State Employees

Post submitted by Nick Martin, HRC Field Assistant

A major victory was achieved in Virginia this morning where a bill extending non-discrimination protections for LGBT workers made an advancement in the state legislature. SB701 was approved in the Senate of Virginia with a bipartisan vote of 24-16. Only days earlier was the initiative narrowly approved by a Senate committee. The bill would ban discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

SB701 now moves on to the House of Delegates where it faces a steep uphill climb in the more conservative chamber.

This bill is only the third time a pro-LGBT piece of legislation has been passed in Virginia’s history. Congratulations are due to state Senator Adam Ebbin, who fought hard for passage. HRC also applauds Equality Virginia for all their hard work in advancing this piece of legislation.

Passing SB701 in the Senate was no easy task but now we must build support in the House of Delegates. We look forward to continuing to work with both Senator Ebbin and Equality Virginia.

Stand with the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Virginia, and the people of Virginia to make the state a fairer place to work. Act now and urge Virginia legislators to support non-discrimination legislation.

Send your letter now.
 

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