2017 General Assembly roundup

State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th) speaks to the Arlington County Democratic Committee on March 1, 2017, while Dels. Mark Levine (D-45th) and Rip Sullivan (D-48th) look on.

A measure adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Virginia’s laws against discrimination in public employment made it through the state Senate, only to be killed in the House of Delegates.

The measure, patroned by state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30th), would have added the two categories to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth, age, marital status, disability and status as a veteran as non-discrimination categories for hiring by the state government and local governments.

The measure was adopted by the state Senate on a 29-10 vote on Jan. 26, but a subcommittee of the House Committee on General Laws nixed it on a 5-2 vote on Feb. 7.

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[thumbdown][thumbdown]to Delegate Mark Levin and Senator Adam Ebbin. You were elected to serve your constituents' interests...ALL your constituents, not spend at least half your time in the General Assembly as paid lobbyists for LGBTQ interests.

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