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Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College withdraw from Council of Christian Colleges and Universities

The presidents of Eastern Mennonite University and Goshen College announced their voluntary withdrawals from the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities today. The withdrawals come in response to several CCCU institutions’ concerns following the July 2015 decisions by EMU and GC to update their non-discrimination policies and allow the hiring of married gay and lesbian faculty.


Equality Virginia: We must end harmful and ineffective conversion therapy

In response to today’s vote in the Senate Committee on Education and Health to pass by SB 988, James Parrish, executive director, Equality Virginia, offered the following response.


134K people across the world urge Virginia to drop proposed anti-LGBT bill

As members of the Virginia’s House of Delegates prepare to hear an anti-LGBT bill, 134,000 All Out members globally including 40,000 in the USA and 7,000 in Virginia have spoken out against the proposed legislation.


ACLU of Virginia celebrates Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States on Monday denied review in all of the freedom to marry cases pending before it. As a result of the Court’s action, same-sex couples in Virginia will now be able to marry the partners they love and married same sex-couples will be able to have their marriages recognized in Virginia.


Report: Young conservatives support gay marriage?

Recent polls show record-levels of support for the freedom to marry. This surge in support is only possible due to a major shift in Republican attitudes on gay marriage.


3QuickThoughts: Not gay, not cool

Augusta Free Press editor Chris Graham offers 3QuickThoughts with the “not gay” chant that erupts from the stands at Scott Stadium at the University of Virginia during football games during the crowd rendition of the “Good Ol’ Song.”


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.


Fired VCU coach rips university investigation

Late Thursday, Virginia Commonwealth University released a statement regarding its internal investigation into allegations that Coach James Finley was terminated from his role as the head coach of the women’s volleyball coach because he is gay.


U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenges to Defense of Marriage Act, California’s Prop 8

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a challenge to the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law targeting same-sex couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law.


Chris Graham: Thanks, Bob, for letting us know

Quick note of thanks to Bob Marshall for bringing to our attention that the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond is flying a rainbow flag in support of LGBT equal rights. “I do not believe that a celebration of ‘gay pride’ has anything to do with the mission of the Federal Reserve under the Federal Reserve […]


The World According To ChrisGraham.com: A long way to go on civil rights

Headline: Christian group can’t bar gays, get funding. Politically, the 5-4 split isn’t a surprise, except maybe in that the 5-4 split was on the side of moral sense and common sense regarding anti-discrimination policies involving gays and lesbians. The 5-4 split is a clear surprise in light of moral and common sense on the […]


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. […]


The 100 Percenters

All four Republican incumbents running for re-election in the Augusta Free Press/New Dominion Magazine reader/circulation area received 100 percent scores on The Family Foundation Action’s 2008-2009 General Assembly Report Card.