Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination, sexual orientation or gender identity. (HB1454)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from 32 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. David Bulova (D-Fairfax), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mike Futrell (D-Woodbridge), Del. Daun Hester (D-Norfolk), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria), Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington), Del. Scott Taylor (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Del. Joseph Yost (R-Blacksburg), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination; sexual orientation; gender identity. Adds discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful discriminatory housing practice. The bill defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100176D
12/30/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1454)
01/28/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #4
01/29/2015Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/10/2015Left in General Laws


ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that would end discrimination in housing against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians.

Secular Coalition for Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Secular Coalition of Virginia supports this bill. A person's sexual orientation or gender identity should have no impact on where they can live and any discrimination along those lines should be opposed just as strongly as discrimination based on race or religion.

Virginia Housing Coalition writes:

The Virginia Housing Coalition supports this legislation, barring housing discrimination against LGBT Virginians. Thanks to work by HOME, we know that this discrimination is taking place currently in housing which is unacceptable.