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Virginia Lawmakers Stand up for LGBT Community and Fail To Pass Bathroom Bill

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Good news from Progress Virginia, although clearly a nasty and unnecessary bill like this should never have been introduced in the first place. Unfortunately, when you have bigots like “Sideshow Bob” Marshall as elected officials, this is the type of crap that happens. Needless to say, it’s long past time for voters to send “Sideshow Bob” – and other Delegates of his ilk – off to their retirement.

Lawmakers stand up for LGBT Community and Fail To Pass Bathroom Bill

Richmond, Virginia–On Thursday afternoon, members of a House General Laws subcommittee voted to stop a North Carolina style “bathroom bill” from going to the full committee, effectively killing the bill for the second year in a row. Progress Virginia and all Virginians who stand with members of the LGBTQ applaud this move.

“Politicians in Richmond should not legislate hate and we’re so glad they agree with us. All this bill would do is discriminate against transgender people who go to work, pay taxes, raise families, and yes, use the bathroom, just like everyone else. That kind of legislation just has no place in Virginia,” Anna Scholl, Executive Director of Progress Virginia said. “While this bill has failed for now, we will continue to be vigilant and fight this bill and others that would enshrine discrimination in our laws whenever they come up.”

In addition to being an assault on Virginia values, this bill has had serious economic consequences in North Carolina. According to Forbes, North Carolina has already lost $600 million, and stands to lose even more the longer the law is on the books.