Photosynthesis » ACLU-VA LGBT Rights’s Portfolio

11 bills are being tracked.

Same-sex marriages; civil unions. (HB1395)

Patron: Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill that would repeal discriminatory, unconstitutional anti-marriage equality laws currently in our state code.

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Physical Privacy Act; created. (HB1612)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes House Bill 1612, proposed by Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Manassas). HB1612 is about invading privacy, not protecting it. Among other things, this bill would require anyone who wants to avoid harassment or an interaction with a government official to carry a copy of their birth certificate on their person anywhere they may need to use a restroom on state property. Transgender people need and deserve privacy, too. Their privacy includes being able to use restrooms that conform with their gender identity without confrontation or hassle. We already have criminal laws on the books that protect everyone from violations of their persons and privacy while in public restrooms. This bill does nothing to protect anyone and only serves to invite public attacks on people using restrooms who do not conform to someone’s expectations of what a person of a particular sex or gender looks like. We already have laws on the books that protect parental interests, including the federal law that assures that every parent has access to the school records of their minor children. We would have hoped that Virginia legislators would have learned valuable economic and civil rights lessons from their colleagues in North Carolina, but certain lawmakers seem committed to taking the Commonwealth down the wrong path.

Similar measures died in committee in 2016, and we are confident that HB1612 is destined for a similar fate.

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Public contracts; gender identity, civil liability. (HB1667)

Patron: Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes House Bill 1667 that authorizes discrimination by all public contractors and immunizes all private companies and non-profit organizations and their employees from liability for discriminating against and denying benefits or services to people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Hate crimes; reporting to State Police. (HB1702)

Patron: Del. Rip Sullivan (D-Arlington)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would require local police to report crimes motivated by anti-LGBT bias to the State Police.

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Hate crimes; adds gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability, penalty. (HB1776)

Patron: Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill that extends the enhanced penalties for certain bias motivated criminal conduct to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.

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Constitutional amendment marriage; marriage (first reference.) (HJ538)

Patron: Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of repealing the discriminatory marriage limitation provision now in the Virginia constitution. An identical resolution would have to pass in the 2018 session of the General Assembly, before the issue can be presented to the voters in 2018.

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Same-sex marriages; civil unions. (SB782)

Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this bill that would repeal discriminatory, unconstitutional anti-marriage equality laws currently in our state code.

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Public employment; prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (SB783)

Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill that would for the first time codify explicit protections against discrimination by state and local agencies, including schools, and constitutional officers based on discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a veteran.

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Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation and gender. (SB822)

Patron: Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this bill that would add discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity to the definition of an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Constitutional amendment marriage; marriage (first reference). (SJ216)

Patron: Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of repealing the discriminatory marriage limitation provision now in the Virginia constitution. An identical resolution would have to pass in the 2018 session of the General Assembly, before the issue can be presented to the voters in 2018.

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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (SJ220)

Patron: Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)
Status: incorporated

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of repealing the discriminatory marriage limitation provision now in the Virginia constitution. An identical resolution would have to pass in the 2018 session of the General Assembly, before the issue can be presented to the voters in 2018.

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