Virginia Governor Signs LBGT Anti-Discrimination Bill into Law

Good news coming from Virginia, where Governor Ralph Northam signed a very LBGT Anti-Discrimination bill into law.

The bill expands the non-discrimination protection.

This means that businesses and officials can’t discriminate against others based on their sexual orientation, race or gender identity.

Read on for the full story.

Virginia Governor Signs LBGT Anti-Discrimination Bill into Law

The bill takes effect on July 1st. In a WRIC report, Northam stated.

This legislation sends a strong, clear message—Virginia is a place where all people are welcome to live, work, visit, and raise a family.

We are building an inclusive Commonwealth where there is opportunity for everyone, and everyone is treated fairly. No longer will LGBTQ Virginians have to fear being fired, evicted, or denied service in public places because of who they are.

Virginia is the first state to introduce “comprehensive protections” for its gay community.

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One of the LGBT advocates and president of the Human Rights Campaign, Alphonso David. came forward. He spoke of the decision, saying:

Right now, as the country and the world deals with an unprecedented pandemic, it is more important than ever to ensure that leaders are looking out for all of us. In this period of uncertainty, it is vital that we are all protected from bias as we earn a living, access housing and healthcare, and seek goods and services.

The HRC spent over $250,000 in their attempts to elect pro-LGBTW candidates in Virginia.

In Virginia, as well as all across the state, there are no laws to explicitly protect tenants or workers against sexual-orientation discrimination.

The Bill Comes As A Response To The Supreme Court

The governor’s move comes as a response to the Supreme Court’s dilemma, on whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prevents employment discrimination over “sex”, also covers sexual orientation and gender identity.

According to the Trump administration, Title VII doesn’t cover LGBT employees.

In a SCOTUS brief, solicitor General Noel J. Francisco, along with the Department of Justice attorneys wrote

The issue is not whether Congress can or should prohibit employment discrimination because of sexual orientation. The issue, rather, is whether it did so when it prohibited discrimination because of sex.

In 1964, the ordinary public meaning of ‘sex’ was biological sex. It did not encompass transgender status.

He feels the law applies to gender identity and sexual orientation. Not only on racial discrimination.

“In the particular context of Title VII — legislation originally designed to eliminate employment discrimination against racial and other minorities — it was especially clear that the prohibition on discrimination because of ‘sex’ referred to unequal treatment of men and women in the workplace.”

We are waiting to see more and more states following Virginia’s example.

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