Tag: Equality Virginia


LGBT advocates, tax professionals say state’s tax policy is discriminatory

Virginia’s policy of requiring married lesbian and gay couples to file their state income tax returns as “individuals” is not only burdensome and confusing, but also discriminatory toward married gay and lesbian couples while also hurting businesses.


Report: Marriage equality can boost Virginia economy by $60 million

Extending marriage to lesbian and gay couples in Virginia would generate up to $60 million in spending to the state economy according to a report released today by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.


Equality Virginia celebrates 25th year with Mark Warner, Mark Herring

At its 11th annual Commonwealth Dinner on Saturday night, Equality Virginia celebrated its 25th year of working toward equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Virginians.


Virginians leading LGBT equality efforts to be recognized by Equality Virginia

On Saturday, April 5, Equality Virginia will recognize the 2014 class of OUTstanding Virginians – those who represent Virginia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community with distinction and who are committed to moving the LGBT community forward.


Across the board reaction to same sex marriage ruling

Groups on all sides of the political spectrum have been weighing in on the ruling of federal Judge Arenda Wright Allen that overturned Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage in the case of Bostic v. McDonnell.

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.

Civil-rights groups respond to AG letter on nondiscrimination policy

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    “It is my advice,” reads a March 4 letter from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli addressed to “Presidents, Rectors, and Visitors of Virginia’s Public Colleges and Universities,” “that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender […]

Discrimination: A competitiveness issue

Report by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net    Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a moral evil. Got that. Interesting approach from gay, lesbian and transgender activists in Virginia – playing not the moral but the economic-competitiveness card. “We want you to be sure you tell your employees that you’re bringing the facts of life […]

Focus | A move toward equity

Kaine proposes employee-benefits policy change Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Kaine administration, in a sort of last act as its final days count down, has proposed a change in state policy that would allow state employees to choose between covering a spouse or an “otherwise qualfied adult” on their employee plus one health-care policies. […]

AFP InDepth | A ‘strategic quiet’ on the LGBT front

You don’t need to go as far as gay marriage. A candidate can win the support of the LGBT community by advocating legislation that would allow employees to include gay and lesbian partners in group life-insurance policies. Indeed, it doesn’t take much to break through what Jay Fisette, the Arlington County Board of Supervisors member […]

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can be quite deadly

It’s just words, isn’t it? “That’s so gay.” “He’s gay.” “She’s a lesbian.” Kids say them, they don’t mean anything. Pay attention, and you can still hear the crowd singing “The Good Ol’ Song,” to the tune of “Auld Lang Syne,” after a touchdown at a University of Virginia football game. “We Come from Old […]

Virginia Supreme Court affirms ruling in lesbian-custody case

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The Virginia Supreme Court today affirmed an appeals-court ruling granting a woman full visitation rights to the daughter that she had been raising with her former lesbian partner. The decision in the Jenkins v. Miller case also affirms that federal and state laws governing child-custody disputes apply equally to gay, […]

Reactions to California gay-marriage court ruling

Item by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The California Supreme Court overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage. And this impacts Virginia … how, exactly?