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01.29.16 -- Nondiscrimination Clears Virginia Senate

January 29, 2016News Clip

Richmond, Va. – This morning, two nondiscrimination bills made it through the Virginia Senate. Senator Adam Ebbin’s (D-Alexandria) and Senator Donald McEachin's (D-Henrico) bill, SB12, regarding nondiscrimination in public employment and Senator Jennifer Wexton’s (D-Loudoun) bill, SB67, regarding discriminatory housing practices both passed 25-15 with all Democrats in favor. The bills now make their way to the Senate floor.

Addressing the Senate floor, Senator Ebbin said, “We want talented workers to go to work rather than worry about how they’ll be treated and an assurance that when we attract people to Virginia they can permanently work here in a discrimination free workplace.”

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01.26.16 -- VA Senate Committee Approves Two Anti-Discrimination Bills

January 26, 2016News Clip

Members of a Virginia Senate committee on Monday approved two anti-discrimination bills.

Senate Bill 12, which would ban anti-LGBT discrimination against state employees, passed in the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee by a 9-4 vote margin.

The committee on Monday also approved Senate Bill 67, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Virginia Fair Housing Act.

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01.13.16 -- It's not all bad- legislators push for protections for Virginia's LGBTQ's in housing, workplace and more

January 13, 2016News Clip

Virginia continues to lag behind when it comes to protections for LGBTQ citizens meaning you can still be not hired, fired, kicked out of your home or denied service because of who you love. And while there’s plenty of work being done to make it harder to be gay in the commonwealth, some legislators are doing what they can to help out.  The most common issue that has been going on is providing protections in public employment. Bills SB12, sponsored by Virginia’s only openly gay Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30), aims to put those protections in place. 

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01.05.06 -- Ebbin Trying Again to Codify LGBTQ Rights In Virginia Law

January 5, 2016News Clip

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) is trying again to codify some basic LGBTQ rights in Virginia.  Ebbin has proposed three bills to the General Assembly regarding same-sex marriage and LGBTQ rights — bills very similar to the three that were rejected during last year’s legislative session. They were all defeated in their respective committees.  Tne bill would repeal the amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that defines valid or recognized marriages as “only a union between a man and a woman.” It also prohibits the creation or recognition of other legal relationship statuses — including partnerships and unions — that are assigned the same rights and benefits as marriages. This amendment was approved by voters during the November 2006 election, but declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2014.

 

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Could renaming streets in Northern Virginia promote racial healing?

September 20, 2015News Clip

Hume Avenue sits just off Alexandria’s Jefferson Davis Highway, behind the National Tire and Battery store. Like the highway, the three-block stretch of modest homes was named for a Confederate leader, although one not as well-known as the president of the Rebel states.

Now both streets could get new names, along with at least 31 others in Alexandria, the latest ripple in a national debate over the Confederacy that erupted after the shooting rampage at a black church in Charleston, S.C., allegedly carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof.

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