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Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:23 PM

Will Virginia Lawmakers Stop Discrimination Against LGBT Employees?

Four Republicans joined all of Virginia's Democratic state senators to pass an employment non-discrimination guarantee for LGBT people on Friday, but the idea could stop there.

The Human Rights Campaign praised the Senate's vote but noted the difficulty presented by the House of Delegates, "where it faces a steep uphill climb in the more conservative chamber."

The Virginian Pilot editorial board called on state lawmakers to pass the bill, warning that with right-wing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli planning a run for governor, it's possible discrimination against LGBT state employees could be ignored.

Cuccinelli raised the profile of the issue when in 2010 he undid inclusive anti-discrimination policies by state universities, saying they were illegal unless the legislature acted.


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