March 23, 2019 at 10:26 am EDT | by James Wellemeyer
Adam Ebbin to run for re-election
Adam Ebbin, gay news, Washington Blade
Virginia state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) has announced he is running for re-election. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The only openly gay member of the Virginia state Senate is running for re-election.

In the 2019 legislative session, state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) worked to defeat a bill that would have banned the physical components of conversion therapy while keeping “talk therapy” legal. He also advocated legislation to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in housing and public employment that passed the state Senate but failed to receive the necessary support in the Virginia House of Delegates.

This year, the Virginia Progressive Legislative Alert Network recognized Ebbin as having a “Perfect Progressive Voting Record.”

“Over 16 years in the General Assembly I’ve fought for our shared priorities in Richmond and we’ve had many successes. But we still have far to go,” Ebbin wrote in his press release.

His 2020 priorities include passing new gun control legislation, decriminalizing marijuana use, raising the minimum wage and barring anti-LGBT discrimination.

Beyond his own campaign, Ebbin noted he’s “focused on replacing vulnerable Republicans with progressive Democrats.”

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