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Equality Virginia disappointed with Senate committee Vote against bill to protect Virginia’s children

In response to today’s vote in the Senate Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, the following statement can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia.

Revenge of the bacteria?

The development and widespread adoption of so-called “antibiotics”—drugs that kill bacteria and thereby reduce infection—has helped billions of people live longer, healthier lives. But all this tinkering with nature hasn’t come without a cost.

Virginia Tech collaboration with Chilean university will address earthquakes, other challenges

Researchers and administrators from Austral University of Chile will visit Virginia Tech this week to finalize plans for joint research projects.

Paid family leave: An employee benefit that benefits employers

Employers might want to provide paid family leave, but feel that the business can’t afford to. Luckily there is a solution. Just over one year ago, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the FAMILY Act that would create a national paid family leave insurance program.

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ACLU files federal discrimination complaint against Gloucester School Board for bathroom policy

The ACLU and the ACLU of Virginia filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Justice and Department of Education against Gloucester County Public Schools (GCPS) for adopting a bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from using the same restrooms and locker rooms as their peers.

UVA women’s basketball coach Joanne Boyle to miss Longwood game

UVA women’s basketball head coach Joanne Boyle will miss tonight’s game against Longwood (Dec. 16) due to a personal matter. Boyle is away from the team as she finalizes the adoption of her daughter.

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine art exhibit to feature medical avatars

The powerful effects of habit on health will come to life in the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine’s newest art exhibit, Medical Avatar: The Health Time Machine.

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Virginia Organizing speaks in favor of nonpartisan redistricting

Virginia Organizing’s Legislative Coordinator, Ben Greenberg, testified to a state commission Thursday to encourage adoption of a nonpartisan redistricting process in Virginia.

CIT announces release of broadband adoption guide

The Center for Innovative Technology announced this week the release of broadband awareness and adoption resources filled with strategies to assist local and regional governments.

McAuliffe administration to social services: Same sex spouses can legally adopt

Today, at the direction of Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Department of Social Services released a bulletin informing local social services divisions that adoption between same-sex spouses is now legal across the Commonwealth.

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Mark Obenshain: Why McAuliffe can’t expand Medicaid

Governor McAuliffe has been looking for a way to expand Medicaid over the objections of many in the General Assembly, and the legislature has stood firm in opposition.

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Attorney General Mark Herring on Supreme Court action in marriage equality case

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a motion by the Prince William County Clerk of Court to stay the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision striking down Virginia’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples.

Faith community responds to Supreme Court ruling in marriage case

POFEV has released a growing list of clergy across Virginia who have stated they stand ready to conduct legally recognized marriages of gay and lesbian couples and will continue to conduct religious marriages until Virginia’s ban on legal recognition is struck down.

Governor McAuliffe appoints Adoption Champion

Today, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Deborah J. Johnston as Virginia’s newest Adoption Champion.

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ABA urges law schools to create veterans legal clinics based on Virginia model

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates adopted a policy today urging all law schools to create legal clinics to help veterans access the benefits they have earned.

Blog: Two dads and second parent adoption

We live in a very conservative part of Virginia so we knew there was the possibility that two gay men raising children would raise some eyebrows. It has, but overall it’s been okay.


McAuliffe announces submission period open for Governor’s Technology Awards entries

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Secretary of Technology Karen Jackson and Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth Sam Nixon officially invite entries to the 2014 Governor’s Technology Awards.

Augusta County Library event celebrates Flag Day

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, Augusta County Library will celebrate Flag Day with Flags on Tour at the Fishersville Library.

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Woodrow Wilson Library to mark Flag Day

In recognition of President Woodrow Wilson’s establishment of Flag Day in 1916, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will hand out American flags free to guests on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14.


Lovingston pet welfare workers attend workshop

Bonnie Stevens represented Humane Sociey/ SPCA of Nelson County, Marjorie Oram and Krista Waibel represented Almost Home and Sigrid Mirabella represented AHPAC/SPCA of Nelson at a one-day workshop in Charlottesville, presented by Petfinder.

Lynchurg faithful gather to stand on the side of marriage equality

In the same town where prominent national faith leaders continue to preach against equality — especially marriage equality – -for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, other faith leaders and citizens gathered today in Lynchburg.

Steve Martin: Legislative update

The 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly entered the home stretch this week, as negotiations to iron-out differences between the House and Senate versions of the state’s biennial budget began.

Wesley Belden: The future of social media

Social media is changing the way we communicate every day. Communication is becoming more passive as opposed to being active. Social media has shifted the way we communicate with individuals and institutions and the way they communicate with us.

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Sen. Warner calls for hearing into Target consumer data breach

U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) today requested a hearing by the Senate Banking Committee to examine whether companies and financial service providers are taking all actions necessary to safeguard consumer data and protect against fraud and identity theft in the wake of Target’s recent account data breach affecting some 40 million U.S. customers.

Earth Talk: Dark factories

So-called dark factories — otherwise known as “lights out” or “automatic” factories — are manufacturing facilities that do not depend on human labor to get work done. While they may have some benefits for the environment they are certainly not beneficial overall considering the impact widespread adoption would have on needed jobs.

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Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000 achieves goal

The “Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000” effort has met its goal. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced last week that in calendar year 2013, 1,008 children from Virginia’s foster care system have been adopted or matched with a family who is going through the process of adopting.

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McDonnell’s budget to continue commitment to improving foster care adoption

Continuing his administration’s commitment to children in the foster care system and adoption efforts, Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday his biennial budget will include $27.7 million in new funding for four initiatives targeted at improving foster care adoption.


McDonnell launches adoption social media campaign: #IHeartAdoption

Due to the success of the #100Kids100Days campaign, Gov. Bob McDonnell is launching a new social media effort aimed at increasing support for adoption in Virginia.


Outbreak leads to changes at Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center

Through Monday, Oct. 21, the Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center will not be accepting any cats, and adoptions will be limited during this time. The cat areas will be completely closed off to the public in order to allow for quarantining of the current cats and disinfecting the facility due to a recent Panleukopenia outbreak.

Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000 reaches milestone

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced this week that since January more than 800 children from Virginia’s foster care system have been adopted or matched with a family who is going through the process of adopting.

Kickoff events for Campaign for 1,000 announced

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced this week the schedule of kickoff events across the Commonwealth for the “Virginia Adopts: Campaign for 1,000.” The campaign is an initiative to match 1,000 children currently in foster care with adoptive families. The governor launched the statewide campaign on May 17 from the steps of the Governor’s Mansion during Virginia’s Foster Care Month. The governor also announced today a social media campaign, “100 days, 100 kids,” which will feature the story of a Virginian foster child awaiting adoption each day for 100 days.

ACLU of Virginia and Equality Virginia urge Gov. McDonnell to end adoption, foster care discrimination

This week, the ACLU of Virginia and Equality Virginia asked Gob. Bob McDonnell to ensure that the best interests of children inform his “Virginia Adopts” Campaign and that all families are considered and included in his goals to raise awareness about the foster care and adoption process.

Senate passes bill allowing for adoption discrimination

The Senate on Thursday joined the House of Delegates in approving a bill that allows private state-licensed adoption and foster care agencies, many of which are faith-based, to discriminate against prospective parents based on sexual orientation, religion or other bases that may be contrary to the adoption agency’s religious tenets. The Senate passed SB 349 […]