The Virginia House of Delegates Subcommittee #4 on General Laws approved House Bill 781 by a 5-2 vote margin.
State Dels. Keith Hodges (R-Middlesex County), Thomas Wright (R-Lunenburg County), Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Richard Bell (R-Albemarle County) and Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake) voted for HB 781 that state Del. Mark Cole (R-Fredericksburg) introduced. State Dels. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) and Lashrecse Aird (D-Petersburg) opposed it.
GayRVA reported that transgender students and the American Civil Liberties Union testified against HB 781. The Family Foundation of Virginia spoke in support of the measure.
“All of us have great compassion for people who are struggling with their gender identity and self hated issues,” said Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty, according to GayRVA. “We don’t think this is the way to do it by exposing other children.”
The subcommittee on Thursday approved state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County)’s House Bill 385, which would ban municipalities from enacting measures against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Both HB 385 and HB 781 will go before the full House General Laws Committee.