Advocacy groups welcome new law, but seek punishment removal
SB 1138 still classifies virus transmission as a felony
Measure passed by 21-17 vote margin
Statute disproportionately affects LGBTQ communities, people of color
HIV decriminalization among group's priorities
Equality Virginia describes plan as 'great relief'
Upwards of 700 people participated in annual event
Alliance Defending Freedom represents plaintiffs
Equality Virginia conducted poll in July
FreeState Justice continues to push issue in Md.