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VA State Senate Committee Kills Anti-LGBTQ+ Religious Freedom Bill

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Washington Blade.“The bill exempts any place of accommodation owned by or operated on behalf of a religious corporation, association, or society from the nondiscrimination in public places of accommodation provisions of the Virginia Human Rights Act,” the bill stated. “Under current law, such places of accommodation are exempt only when not open to the public.”“The bill also removes the provision of the exemption for religious organizations under the Virginia Fair Housing Law that denies such exemption where the membership in such religion is restricted on account of race, color, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status or disability,” HB 753 continued.Last week, Adams’ bill passed the Republican-controlled House of Delegates with a 54-45 vote margin, according to the Blade.

The committee’s vote to kill the bill was met with support from LGBTQ+ rights groups.“GOOD NEWS ALERT,” Equality Virginia wrote on Twitter Wednesday. “Moments ago HB 753 was DEFEATED in Senate committee!!!

This bill would have allowed religious-based discrimination against LGBTQ+ Virginians.” Earlier in the week, the group had called out the legislation for what they said was legalizing discrimination.“Anti-equality legislators in Virginia have repeatedly pushed legislation this session that would allow discrimination including against LGBTQ+ individuals.

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