Richmond — This afternoon, the Virginia Senate passed legislation by Senator Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), SB 868to prohibit public accommodations, employment, credit, and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill advanced the Senate with bipartisan support. Senator Ebbin, Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-Loudoun) issued the following statements: 

"The journey is not complete until every person; members of the LGBTQ community, people of color, religious minorities, and veterans are treated like anyone else under the law,” said Senator Ebbin. “I am proud that my Senate colleagues understand that we have to move forward on this issue."

"It is unacceptable that in 2020 people can be denied housing, employment, or public accommodations because of who they are and who they love," said Senator McClellan. "We cannot say that we are a Commonwealth that is inclusive of all, and have such discriminatory practices on our books."

"I am proud my Senate colleagues understand that it is time that we put an end to discriminatory practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity," said Senator Boysko. "As a parent of a member of the LGBTQ community and on behalf of all who have loved ones who identify as LGBTQ, it is time that Virginia becomes a place that is truly welcoming and open to all.”

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