Tag Archives: Virginia

Maryland And Virginia Issue “Stay At Home” Orders

Axios reports: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions. The states are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay …

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Virginia Becomes 20th State To Ban Ex-Gay Torture

The Washington Post reports: Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill banning conversion therapy for minors, the first LGBT rights measure to reach the Democrat’s desk this year. Virginia will become the 20th state — and the first in the South — to outlaw the therapy, a widely discredited practice that purports to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender …

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Projections: Biden Wins Virginia, Sanders Wins Vermont

NBC News reports: As the first polls close on Super Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Virginia Democratic primary and Sen. Bernie Sanders has come out on top in his home state of Vermont, NBC News projects. More than 1,300 delegates — about a third of the total — are at play, more than on any other …

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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe Endorses Biden

Richmond’s ABC News affiliate reports: Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Saturday he will endorse Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race. McAuliffe made his announcement following Biden’s win in South Carolina’s primary Saturday night. The former Virginia Governor said in a statement that the country can’t afford four more years of “Donald Trump’s hate-driven chaos.” On Friday, Tim Kaine …

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VIRGINIA: Non-Discrimination Bill Clears Final Hurdle

The Washington Blade reports: A bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Virginia’s nondiscrimination law cleared its final legislative hurdle on Wednesday. Senate Bill 868, which state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) introduced, passed in the Virginia House of Delegates. State Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax County) introduced a version of the Virginia Values Act in his chamber. Virginia …

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VIRGINIA: Sanders And Bloomberg Tied, +4 Over Biden

Richmond’s NBC News affiliate reports: A new poll from Monmouth University shows former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Bernie Sanders are tied for the lead in Virginia in the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee. Both Bloomberg and Sanders have 22% support with former Vice President Joe Biden close behind with 18% of the vote. Pete …

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VIRGINIA: Assault Weapons Ban Dies In State Senate

The Washington Post reports: A Virginia Senate committee killed a bill on Monday that would have banned the sale of assault-style weapons and possession of high-capacity magazines, handing gun-rights activists a rare win in a Capitol that Democrats won last year on the promise of sweeping gun control. Gov. Ralph Northam (D) backed the legislation, part of a package of …

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Virginia House Passes Assault Weapons Ban [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A highly-contested bill that would make it a crime to own an assault weapon in Virginia passed the House of Delegates on Tuesday by a slim margin. House Bill 961 made it past the House with a vote of 51-48. The bill expands the definition of an assault weapon and bans anyone from possessing, purchasing or …

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Virginia Dems Walk Out After GOP-Invited Pastor Rants About God’s Wrath For Same-Sex Marriage And Abortion

The Virginia Mercury reports: Democrats walked off the floor of the House of Delegates Tuesday morning as the pastor invited to give the opening prayer delivered stinging remarks condemning abortion and gay marriage and said God would bring his “wrath” against those who don’t follow biblical principles. “Is this a prayer or a sermon?,” a delegate yelled from the Democratic …

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Virginia Lawmakers Poised To Decriminalize Weed

Richmond’s ABC News affiliate reports: Virginia is moving toward decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana. The state House on Monday passed HB 972, a decriminalization bill, with bipartisan support. Delegates voted 64-34 for the measure, with a number of Republicans joining Democrats in favor. The state Senate is expected to pass its own version shortly. Gov. Ralph Northam has signaled his …

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Virginia Lawmakers Move To Repeal “Fornication” Ban

NBC News reports: Lawmakers are closing a legal loophole that could charge unmarried people with a crime for having consensual sex. The House of Delegates passed a bill this week that aims to repeal the crime of fornication, which makes it illegal for people to have consensual sex outside of marriage. Del. Mark Levine [photo], D-Alexandria, introduced House Bill 245 …

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VA House Approves LGBTQ Protections, Gov Will Sign

Michael Lavers reports at the Washington Blade: A bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Virginia’s nondiscrimination law passed in the Virginia House of Delegates on Thursday. State Del. Mark Sickles (D-Fairfax County), the openly gay man who introduced the Virginia Values Act in the House, before the vote insisted the bill does not “interfere with anybody’s …

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Virginia House Passes Raft Of Gun Control Measures

ABC News reports: The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a package of gun control measures they said were needed to improve public safety a week after tens of thousands of pro-gun advocates from around the country rallied at the state Capitol. The Virginia Senate passed their version of the bills last week. Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to …

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Democratic State AGs Sue For Ratification Of ERA

Axios reports: Three Democratic state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against a federal government official on Thursday to certify the Equal Rights Amendment, which would ban sex-based discrimination, into the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit follows the National Archives and Records Administration’s decision not to adopt the amendment, despite Virginia’s General Assembly approving the ERA in mid-January, becoming the 38th state …

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West Virginia Gov Endorses Jerry Falwell’s Proposal For Counties To Secede From “Barbaric Totalitarian Virginia”

The Independent reports: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican, appeared at a press conference on Tuesday and endorsed a proposal by evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. that certain counties secede from Virginia and join Justice’s neighboring state. “West Virginia’s role is one thing, and that is to tell the world just how inviting we are and that we would …

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Virginia House Repeals 2006 Same-Sex Marriage Ban

So many advances in Virginia with more to come: Virginia’s House of Delegates on Tuesday officially repealed a 2006 amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriage. “We just voted for Del. @nancyguyva’s bill to repeal the statuary [sic] code that unconstitutionally and unenforceably bans marriage equality in Virginia,” tweeted Virginia Del. Danica Roem (D), the first openly trans woman …

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VIRGINIA: Lawmakers Finalize Ratification Of ERA

The Washington Post reports: Virginia officially became the critical 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment on Monday, clearing the way for likely court fights over whether the measure can be added to the U.S. Constitution. State lawmakers made history earlier this month when each chamber of the General Assembly separately approved ratification resolutions. On Monday, the House and …

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Empowered VA Senate Passes Host Of LGBT Rights Bills

The Washington Post reports: The Virginia Senate on Tuesday passed a host of LGBT rights bills as Democrats continued to flex their new power in the Capitol. The Senate voted to ban conversion therapy on children, repeal the state’s now-defunct ban on same-sex marriage and establish statewide policies for the treatment of transgender students. The chamber also voted to replace …

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Virginia Moves To Make Election Day A State Holiday By Removing The Holiday Honoring Confederate Generals

Richmond’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Virginia Senate passed a bill that would eliminate Lee-Jackson Day as a state holiday in favor of making Election Day a state holiday. Celebrated on the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day each January, Lee-Jackson Day honors Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. SB 601, introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas [photo], …

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A Handful Of Gays Attended Virginia Gun Rally Which Daily Wire Proclaims As “LGBTs Showing Up In Force”

From Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire: The leftist American mainstream media tried to cast Monday’s pro-Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Virginia, as a white supremacist event that only extremists were planning on attending. It turned out that entire narrative was widely false. There were approximately 22,000 pro-freedom activists that showed up; the event concluded with no reported incidents occurring and only …

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