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Virginia

Virginia Equality with Mark Herring

Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Virginia alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBT equality in Virginia and how you can get involved with the local community in Washington, D.C.

For the first time in HRC's history, HRC endorsed an entire statewide ticket - Terry McAuliffe for Governor; Ralph Northam for Lieutenant Governor, and Mark Herring for Attorney General ... and all three won! The closest was Mark Herring's race. Out of over two million votes cast, Herring won by 912 votes, making it the closest statewide election in Virginia history. HRC mobilized over 30,000 HRC members statewide before the election. Elections matter. Every vote counts.

Attorney General Herring has attended two HRC events since his election to AG. He attended our Equality Convention in March, 2014, in Washington, D.C., and he was the featured speaker at an HRC Federal Club event in June at the Deloitte offices in Rosslyn.

Because of the Supreme Court's announcement on October 6, 2014, the Fourth Circuit's decision stands and couples living in Virginia can now apply for marriage licenses. Learn more here.

HOW THIS STATE RATES ON THE ISSUES

HOUSING LAWS

This state does not support

State does not prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

SECOND PARENT ADOPTION

This state does support

Second-parent or step-parent adoption is an option for same-sex couples statewide.

JOINT ADOPTION

This state does support

Joint adoption is an option for same-sex couples statewide.

EMPLOYMENT LAWS

This state does not support

State does not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

This state does support

State issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

MARRIAGE PROHIBITIONS

This state does not support

State does not have a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman.

HATE CRIMES LAWS

This state does not support

State does not have a law that addresses hate or bias crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LAWS

This state does not support

State does not prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

ANTI-BULLYING LAWS

This state does not support

State does not have a law that addresses harassment and/or bullying of students based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

SCHOOL LAWS

This state does not support

State does not have a law that addresses discrimination against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity.