Richmond, Va. — Today, anti-equality extremist Kirk Cox announced his candidacy for governor of Virginia, joining another anti-equality candidate Amanda Chase, who announced her intention to run in February. Today, Cox doubled down on his intent to overturn the overwhelmingly popular Virginia Values Act, which strengthens and adds non-discrimination protections for all Virginians, including on the basis of of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement in reaction to today’s news:
“In Kirk Cox and Amanda Chase’s Virginia, LGBTQ people would be given second class status. If elected as governor, they would reverse the progress we’ve made to advance fundamental equal rights for all including on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion. As Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, Cox repeatedly and singlehandedly blocked legislation that would have banned discrimination. Cox and Chase’s extremism don’t represent Virginia’s values, and the Human Rights Campaign will do everything we can to stop Cox or Chase from ever having the opportunity to roll back progress in Virginia. In 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, Virginia voters spoke loudly and clearly in support of a pro-equality agenda that advances the promise of equality for all, and we have no doubt that will continue in 2021, when they select their next governor.”
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