Child abuse and neglect; gender identity or sexual orientation. (HB580)

Introduced By

Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City) with support from co-patrons Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child abuse and neglect; gender identity or sexual orientation. Expands the definition of "abused or neglected child" to include any child whose parents, or other person responsible for his care, create or inflict, threaten to create or inflict, or allow to be created or inflicted upon such child a physical or mental injury on the basis of the child's gender identity or sexual orientation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102121D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2020Assigned HWI sub: Welfare
01/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB580)
01/14/2020Assigned HWI sub: Social Services
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (5-Y 0-N)
02/11/2020Left in Health, Welfare and Institutions


William Ballance writes:

So now you are going to force parents to embrace homosexuality or gender confusion... even if those parents object to their child's behaviour on religious grounds. This bill will label these parents as "child abusers". What's the next obvious step? Arrest these parents? There happen to be lots of loving parents who would never dream of abusing their child who happen to believe what the Bible teaches regarding sexuality and gender. No parent should be criminalized for their religious beliefs.