Virginia passes LGBTQ protections measure

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Emboldened liberal lawmakers in Virginia on Feb. 6 gave special rights to people on the basis of their sexual behavior, forcing others to accept and condone that behavior regardless of their own strongly held beliefs.

Legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual behavior has failed to pass several times in recent years.

The Virginia Values Act on Thursday passed in the state’s Democratic-majority House of Delegates. The chamber in years past had halted the measure after it passed the Senate. In addition to sexual orientation, the measure bars discrimination based on gender identity or veteran status.

“Discrimination against our gay, lesbian and transgender friends, family, neighbors and co-workers in employment, housing and public accommodation has always been abhorrent and unacceptable,” Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D) said in a statement Thursday, the Washington Blade reported.

“Today, we have laid a marker down that every Virginian can work hard, earn a living wage, and live their lives without fear of discrimination based on who they are or who they love,” she added.

Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a media favorite despite having been photographed wearing blackface during his college years, has said he will sign a reconciled final version of the two measures passed by the chambers.

Delegate Danica Roem (D), who became the first female-impersonating man elected to the state legislature in 2017 after defeating Delegate Bob Marshall (R) — the namesake of Virginia’s 2006 anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendment — also hailed the bill’s passage on Twitter.

“Change has come. Welcome to Virginia,” Roem tweeted on Feb. 6.

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