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Virginia

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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‘Ex-gay’ model returns to Richmond with a new billboard … and a new message

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The latest in the "Born Gay" billboard wars in Richmond, Va., went up along Interstates 95/64 this week.
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. [...]

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Va. Delegate speaks out on discrimination as last two LGBT bills are killed

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Delores McQuinn
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. [...]

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Rare win for LGBTQ Virginians as two equality bills pass full Senate vote

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
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. [...]

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Virginia registrar praised for letter on recording births of same-sex couples

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
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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. [...]

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Va. House panel kills bill that would have allowed widespread LGBT discrimination

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Bob Marshall
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. [...]

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Virginia to pay $520K to attorneys in same-sex marriage case

Thursday, January 29, 2015
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The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million. [...]

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Virginia Senate panel votes to leave gay marriage ban in state constitution

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Virginia state capitol in Richmond.
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. [...]

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Va. Senate panel advances bill to bar LGBT discrimination in public employment

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
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A Virginia Senate committee voted Monday to prohibit discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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Va. couple wins legal fight to have both names listed on twins’ birth certificates

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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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." [...]

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Va. Senate panel rejects second parent adoptions for unmarried, same-sex couples

Friday, January 23, 2015
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A proposal to allow adoption by the partners of unmarried same-sex parents was rejected Friday by a Virginia Senate committee. [...]

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