Hate crimes; includes category of acts committed against person because person's sexual orientation. (HB1142)

Introduced By

Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Hate crimes; sexual orientation.  Includes within the definition of hate crimes a category of acts committed against a person or his property because of that person's sexual orientation. Also included is (i) the right of a person who is subject to such act to bring a civil action for damages or injunctive relief and (ii) no liability for an internet provider for good faith restriction of access to material that the provider considers intended to incite hatred on the basis of sexual orientation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101472D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/14/2010Impact statement from VCSC (HB1142)
02/16/2010Left in Courts of Justice


Cindy Brookshire writes:

As a member of Unity in the Community I am glad to see this bill proposed.

Patrick Graydon writes:

Long overdue, but where is the protection against violence based on gender expression? Why aren’t transgender folk and effeminate men being protected as well?

Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Equality Virginia supports this legislation that extends the Virginia hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. This bill would amend the Virginia hate crimes laws to create a civil and criminal action for harassment and violent conduct directed at a person simply because of his or her sexual orientation. It would add to the protections now afforded by the new federal hate crimes law.

Alexa Mavroidis writes:

This is long overdue, though as Mr. Graydon says it would ideally also include protections for transgender people and for people based on gender expression.