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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Two Months after his face graced a Richmond interstate billboard, an “ex-gay” model is back, but this time he’s got a different message for Virginia commuters.
As a Virginia state House committee on Thursday shot down the last hope for any expansion in LGBT rights in this year’s General Assembly session, Richmond’s own black female delegate compared the struggles faced by the LGBTQ community to her own.
Two measures which would help LGBTQ Virginians achieve full equality passed a full Senate floor vote on Tuesday, but face likely defeat in the Assembly's lower chamber. [...]
Civil liberties lawyers are applauding Virginia's registrar of vital records for outlining new procedures to ensure the children of same-sex married couples are properly recorded by hospitals. [...]
A Virginia legislative panel has killed a so-called “conscience clause” bill that would have allowed widespread discrimination against the LGBT community under the guise pf religious freedom. [...]
The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million. [...]
On an 8-7 party-line vote Tuesday, a GOP-controlled committee rejected a proposal to begin the process of repealing the amendment approved by Virginia voters in 2006 defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]
A Richmond judge has ordered the Virginia Department of Health's Office of Vital Records to amend the birth certificates to show that Maria Hayman and her wife, Joanie Hayman, are the "only parents of the children." [...]
A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried same-sex parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee.