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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.

  • From the Virginia House Dem Caucus:

    Minutes After Killing Bathroom Bill, GOP Kills LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

    RICHMOND, Va. – Minutes after killing Del. Bob Marshall’s “bathroom bill,” a GOP-controlled House subcommittee killed a bill that would have protected LGBT individuals from being fired for being gay.

    The Virginia Human Rights Act, sponsored by Del. Mark Levine, would have protected LGBT individuals from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

    “While we are pleased Republicans agree that all Virginia residents have the right to use a public restroom, that’s not enough,” said Levine. “It is unbelievable that in 2017, Republicans are still defending the firing of LGBT employees due to factors having nothing to do with their employment. Who you love is not your employer’s business, nor your landlord’s. Refusing a tenant just because she’s LGBT is just not acceptable in 2017. We believe anyone who works hard and plays by the rules should be able to provide a good life for his or her family. This bill would have increased job security for thousands of Virginians.”

    Republicans in the General Laws Subcommittee #4 rejected Levine’s bill.

    Early this morning, Republicans in the Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #2 also killed Del. Rip Sullivan’s bill that would have expanded Virginia’s hate crime laws to include LGBT individuals.