Some welcome movement on LGBT Rights in the Virginia Senate – the Washington Blade Reports that the Senate passed an anti-discrimination bill by 24-16:
“No state employee should ever doubt Virginia’s commitment to equal opportunity employment for all,”gay state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria,) who co-sponsored SB 701 with Sen. A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico,) said as he spoke in support of the measure on the Senate floor. “This bill assures state employees that they will be judged solely on their merits and that discrimination has no place in Virginia.”
The bill even passed with some bipartisan support:
State Sens. Jill Hotzman Vogel (R-Fauquier,) John Watkins (R-Powhatan,) Thomas Norment (R-Williamsburg) and Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) are the four GOP legislators who voted for SB 701
The Blade says the bill’s chances in the GOP-Controlled House:
In spite of the Senate’s approval of SB 710, the measure faces an uphill battle in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates. Parrish told the Blade last year that its chances of passing in the chamber this year remain “very slim.”
Nevertheless, it’s a step, albeit a small one, in the right direction for Virginia’s LGBT community!