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Virginia is the 10th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on June 25, 1788. Its most populous city is Virginia Beach and its capital is Richmond.

Marriage Equality: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2006. On February 13, 2014, a federal judge found the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, but stayed enforcement of the order pending consideration of the appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Follow the case: Bostic v. Rainey.

A second challenge to Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is also pending. Follow that case: Harris v. McDonnell.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Discrimination complaint filed against Va. school district over restroom policy

Friday, December 19, 2014
Gavin Grimm
The complaint stems from a new policy that requires transgender students to use restrooms according to their “biological gender." [...]

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Richmond LGBT community responds to anti-gay billboard with positive message

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The billboard, from the Gay Community Center of Richmond (GCCR), proclaims “We are all born to love,” a message it hopes counters the “Nobody is born gay” billboard by conversion therapy proponents. [...]

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Virginia Tech to offer gender-neutral housing

Friday, December 12, 2014
The new program is likely to appeal to transgender or gay and lesbian students who may feel safer choosing a roommate of the opposite sex. [...]

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Sorry PFOX… The model on the ‘ex-gay’ billboard is ‘out and proud,’ not a twin

Friday, December 12, 2014
PFOX billboard along Interstates 95/64 in Richmond, Va.
The “twins” whose photographs appear on a Virginia billboard declaring “nobody is born gay” is actually one “out and proud” gay man who is not a twin. [...]

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Lawmaker responds to anti-gay billboard with bill to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy for minors

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Patrick Hope
The announcement by Virginia Del. Patrick Hope comes just days after a controversial billboard was erected in Richmond by a group that supports the practice. [...]

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Virginia school board restricts restroom use to student’s ‘biological gender’

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
A Virginia school board has adopted a gender-specific restroom policy that restricts school restrooms to a student's "biological gender." [...]

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‘Ex-gay’ group erects billboard in Richmond declaring ‘nobody is born gay’

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
PFOX billboard along Interstates 95/64 in Richmond, Va.
A group supporting gay-to-straight conversion therapy has put up a billboard along a Virginia interstate declaring "nobody is born gay." [...]

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The Christian Right does not want you to know about this day…

Sunday, December 7, 2014
A statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
In the heat of our political moment, we sometimes don't see how our future connects deeply to our past. But the Christian Right does — and they do not like what they see. [...]

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Virginia school sports league eases requirements for transgender students

Saturday, December 6, 2014
The Virginia organization than governs public high school athletics has softened its regulations on transgender students, guidelines which were previously called the most restrictive in the nation. [...]

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Bullied teen found guilty of assault in fight that left him with traumatic brain injury

Friday, November 21, 2014
Eric Martin
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Virginia teen who was brutally beaten and left with a traumatic brain injury following a school melee in September, was found guilty Friday on one count of simple assault. [...]

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