LGBT non-discrimination bill passes Virginia Senate

James Parrish

James Parrish, Executive Direction of Equality VA. Photo: Gayrva.com

BY MICHAEL K. LAVERS
Washington Blade

The Virginia Senate on Friday approved a bill that would ban anti-LGBT discrimination against state employees. The 24-16 vote came four days after the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee narrowly approved Senate Bill 701.

“In Virginia, LGBT protections will not pass without bi-partisan support,” Equality Virginia Executive Director James Parrish said. “We are pleased that four Republican senators joined their Democratic colleagues in passing SB701 to protect LGBT state employees. In the private sector, workplace protections are shown to decrease legal vulnerability while enhancing the employer’s reputation, increasing job satisfaction and boosting employee morale and productivity.”

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