EqualityVirginia Alert: Weigh in on Critical Legislation Now!
After less than one week in session, the General Assembly
is already considering several bills that are critical to Virginia’s gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Go to Equality Virginia’s Advocacy Center at www.equalityvirginia.org/action
to send your free emails on these important issue! You can also call the
legislative hotline at 1-800-889-0229.
Check in often, as other bills will be highlighted from
time to time!
As expected, anti-gay activists have lined up a host of
bills to restrict our rights even further. Speak out now!
HB 1054 – Introduced by Del. Albo (R-Springfield), this
bill would make public sodomy a Class 6 felony when other forms of public
sexual activity are a misdemeanor. Urge equal treatment under the law!
HJ 187 and SJ 91 – Del. McDonnell (R-Virginia Beach)
and Sen. Cuccinelli (R- Centreville) respectively have introduced resolutions
to urge the U.S. Congress to pass the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would
amend the U.S. Constitution to bar marriage equality for gay and lesbian
HB 187—Del. Black (R-Sterling) introduced this bill
that would rollback the Virginia Housing Development’s co-borrowers rule
(supported unanimously this past July) to require that co-borrowers be related
by blood, marriage or other custodial relationship.
HB 750 –
Introduced by Del. Marshall (R- Manassas) this bill would provide that the
state of Virginia is under no constitutional or legal obligation to recognize
civil unions, marriages or any other domestic partner arrangement performed or
acknowledged in other states.
GLBT Friendly Bill
HB 1016 – Introduced by Del. Dillard (R- Fairfax) this
bill would allow private employers in Virginia to offer health insurance to
any household member of the employee, if they so choose. Currently, most small
and mid-size companies are not able to offer their employees benefits packages
they would like to.