April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Groups challenge Va. school proposal
Fairfax County Public Schools

(Photo by Elizabeth Murphy; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Anti-LGBT groups have strongly criticized a proposal that would add gender identity to Fairfax County Public Schools’ non-discrimination policy.

The Washington Post reported that Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty on April 23 testified against the proposal that Ryan McElveen, a member of the Fairfax County School Board, introduced. The newspaper said state Dels. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) and David LaRock (R-Loudoun County) also spoke against the measure during the same school board meeting.

“We are very concerned that Fairfax County has selected children — the most vulnerable, least powerful people in our county — as lab animals for this experiment,” said Lafferty in a press release from the American Family Association, a Mississippi-based group.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring last month said that local school boards have the authority under state law to include sexual orientation and gender identity in their non-discrimination policies.

The Fairfax County School Board is expected to vote on McElveen’s proposal later this month.

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