Photosynthesis » ACLU-VA LGBT Rights’s Portfolio

17 bills are being tracked.

Same-sex marriages; civil unions. (HB1288)

Patron: Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would repeal discriminatory statutes that limit marriage to one man and one woman and ban all recognition of same sex relationships.

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Same-sex marriages; civil unions. (HB1289)

Patron: Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would repeal discriminatory statutes that limit marriage to one man and one woman and ban all recognition of same sex relationships.

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Sexual orientation change efforts; prohibited. (HB1385)

Patron: Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would prohibit the use of so-called reparative therapy on minors.

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Public contracts; nondiscrimination, required provisions. (HB1409)

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

The ACLU of Virginia opposes this legislation that seeks to limit the restrictions that can be placed on public contractors that discriminate.

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Government-issued licenses, etc.; obtaining or renewing, conscience clause. (HB1414)

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly opposes this legislation. This legislation is nothing more than a state-sanctioned license to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Virginians, including married same-sex couples, simply because of who they are. The bill would do nothing more than reignite the Commonwealth’s historical hostility toward LGBT Virginians. We’ve been down the path of legalized discrimination before, and the members of the General Assembly should know that this is not a path we should willingly walk ever again.
Religious freedom in America ensures that every person has the right to freely express and practice his or her own personal, religious beliefs. That freedom does not, however, grant individuals, professionals or employers a free pass to discriminate against others in the name of those beliefs. Sadly, discrimination under the cloak of religion is nothing new, and the transparency of that cloak is as clear now as it was 50 years ago when some business owners used it to challenge the end of legal segregation of the races in public accommodations. The issue is simple – either you support discrimination or you oppose it. The members of the General Assembly should make clear that they oppose discrimination by rejecting this legislation.

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

Patron: Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)
Status: failed committee

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

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Virginia Human Rights Act; prohibits discrimination in public employment. (HB1498)

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports all efforts to amend Virginia law to protect state and local workers from discrimination on the job.

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Gender-specific terms; revises certain references. (HB1600)

Patron: Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would remove discriminatory language from the Virginia Code.

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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (HJ492)

Patron: Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of amending the Virginia constitution to repeal the discriminatory provision that limits marriage to one man and one woman and bans all recognition of same sex relationships.

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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (HJ493)

Patron: Del. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of amending the Virginia constitution to repeal the discriminatory provision that limits marriage to one man and one woman and bans all recognition of same sex relationships.

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Adoption; person other than spouse of birth or adoptive parent may adopt child. (SB679)

Patron: Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would allow every child the opportunity to have two legal parents who are committed to the child's legal and financial well-being.

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Same-sex marriages; civil unions. (SB682)

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that would repeal discriminatory statutes that limit marriage to one man and one woman and ban all recognition of same sex relationships.

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Public employment; prohibits discrimination based on basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. (SB785)

Patron: Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this legislation that is much broader than the catch line suggests. The bill would, for the first time, codify in the state code protections against discrimination in all state and local employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as veteran. Currently, while state and local employees may file grievances regarding some discrimination on the job, there is no state law prohibiting such discrimination against teachers, college professors and other state and local employees. It is past time for the legislature to enact protections against discrimination for all state and local workers, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers. Historically, this legislation has been supported by the VEA, the VGEA, the AARP, Equality Virginia, VACOLAO and a number of other organizations concerned about discrimination in the workplace.

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Hate crimes; definition, reports to State Police. (SB799)

Patron: Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)
Status: failed committee

The ACLU of Virginia supports collecting and reporting data on the demographics of crime and law enforcement, including reporting on hate crimes. This bill extends the current hate crimes reporting requirement to cover reporting of crimes against persons because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. There is some concern about the free speech implications of the current law that requires reports of "incidents" vs. "crimes" particularly where it is not clear where the information will be stored or how it will be used.

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Fair Housing Law; unlawful discrimination, sexual orientation or gender identity. (SB917)

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

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

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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (SJ213)

Patron: Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)
Status: incorporated

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of amending the Virginia constitution to repeal the discriminatory provision that limits marriage to one man and one woman and bans all recognition of same sex relationships.

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Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (SJ214)

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of amending the Virginia constitution to repeal the discriminatory provision that limits marriage to one man and one woman and bans all recognition of same sex relationships.

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