Steve June 30, 2020
The Virginia Capitol (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

A bill that adds sexual orientation and gender identity to
Virginia’s nondiscrimination law took effect on Wednesday.

The Democrat-controlled General Assembly earlier this year
approved the Virginia Values Act. Governor Ralph Northam signed it into law on
April 11.

Republicans, who lost control of the General Assembly last
November, previously blocked efforts to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination in the
commonwealth. Virginia is the first state in the South to enact these

“This victory shows the world that with grit, determination,
heart and purpose, we can achieve the civil rights that LGBTQ people need and
deserve,” said Northam in a video for Global
a 24-hour virtual Pride event that took place on Saturday.

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