Equality Beyond Marriage In Virginia

April 9, 2014
April 9, 2014 inkmagazine

Equality Beyond Marriage In Virginia

Morgan White
Guest Columnist


Richmond, Va.-  The ruling by a federal judge on Feb. 13 that declared the ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional was only the first in a long line of changes that are needed in order for equality to be accomplished in Virginia for members of the LGBT community.

The hiring or firing of someone based on their sexual preference is completely legal in Virginia. Currently there are three bills that have been introduced to the state senate and House of Delegates which would make the discrimination illegal.

The senate bill 248 for this session was defeated on Jan. 20. In the House of Delegates there were house bills 417 as well as HB 562. Both bills were tabled by the subcommittee they were assigned to. In addition to bills against workplace discrimination for sexual preferences and gender identities, three bills were brought to the floor to expand the definition of discrimination for the fair housing act of Virginia. HB 883, HB 815, and HB 418 were all tabled on Jan. 23.

marriage equality

Image by Chris Kindred

In addition to discrimination allowed at the workplace and in housing, same sex couples are also troubled when looking to adopt.

“Once Virginia gains marriage equality, all married couples, regardless of their sexual orientation, will be able to adopt children together,” said Kirsten Bokenkamp, communication director of Equality Virginia. Same-sex couples in Virginia are currently unable to adopt jointly and second parent adoptions are not allowed within the state as well. The amount of discrimination still allowed in the state has caused some members of the community unrest.

“Still in Virginia I have to police my gender, I have to police my sexuality and I work at a progressive company,” said VCU senior Tyler Keylon.

The ruling of the same-sex marriage ban may have been the beginning of a change in the tides of Virginia for LGBT equality. Given the length of time it may take to finally legalize same-sex marriage in Virginia, the entirety of the situation may be an entirely small step however it does help to begin the process sooner than expected.

“I was happy when I heard that the ban had been lifted because marriage provides a variety of legal benefits. However, we are far from equality for members of the LGBTQIA community and marriage is certainly not top priority for me,” said VCU senior Maya White-Luhrie.


Comments (37)

  1. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the images
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a
    problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

  2. I like the valuable info you provide on your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again right here regularly.
    I’m somewhat sure I will be told plenty of new stuff right right here!
    Good luck for the following!

  3. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your
    weblog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your blog
    posts. After all I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  4. A motivating discussion is worth comment.
    There’s no doubt that that you ought to write more about this subject, it may not be a taboo
    matter but generally people don’t discuss such topics. To the next!
    Kind regards!!

  5. After looking at a number of the blog posts on your site, I truly like your way
    of writing a blog. I saved as a favorite it to my bookmark website
    list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website too and tell me
    what you think.

  6. Very great post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to mention that I have really enjoyed browsing
    your weblog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing on your rss
    feed and I hope you write again soon!

  7. Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed!

    Extremely useful information specifically the last part :
    ) I care for such info much. I was looking for this certain info for a very long time.

    Thank you and best of luck.

  8. Why users still make use of to read news papers when in this technological world
    the whole thing is existing on net?

  9. I’m extremely inspired along with your writing abilities and
    also with the format for your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you customize it your self?
    Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to look a great blog like
    this one nowadays..

  10. Hey there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading this post reminds me of my previous
    room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this page to him. Pretty sure he
    will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  11. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto
    a coworker who was doing a little homework on this.
    And he in fact bought me dinner simply because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank
    YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanks for spending time to discuss this
    matter here on your web site.

  12. Hi there to every one, it’s genuinely a good for me to visit
    this web page, it contains priceless Information.

  13. I was recommended this website through my cousin. I’m no longer sure whether or not this post is written by means of him as no one else know
    such exact approximately my trouble. You’re wonderful!
    Thank you!

  14. I have been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours lately, but I by no means discovered any fascinating article like yours.

    It is beautiful value sufficient for me. In my opinion,
    if all webmasters and bloggers made just right
    content material as you probably did, the net will be much more
    helpful than ever before.

  15. wonderful issues altogether, you simply received a emblem new reader.
    What may you suggest about your submit that you made a few days ago?

    Any certain?

  16. Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you

  17. Hi there everyone, it’s my first visit at this web page, and
    paragraph is really fruitful in support of me, keep up posting such posts.

  18. Hey very cool blog!! Guy .. Excellent .. Superb ..
    I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also?

    I am glad to find so many helpful info right here in the publish, we want work out more techniques in this regard,
    thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  19. Hi, I do think this is a great website. I stumbledupon it ;) I will revisit yet again since I book marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide others.

  20. Just wish to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is just great and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  21. Hello there! I just would like to give you a big thumbs up for your excellent information you have here on this post. I’ll be coming back to your website for more soon.

  22. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to
    shoot you an e-mail. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might
    be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve
    over time.

  23. Hey! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing
    a blog post or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and I feel we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me
    an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the

  24. Hi! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Hello to every one, as I am in fact eager of reading this weblog’s post to be updated on a regular basis.
    It carries good stuff.

  26. I think this is one of the most vital info for me.
    And i am glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general
    things, The site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D.
    Good job, cheers

  27. wonderful issues altogether, you just gained a new reader.

    What would you recommend in regards to your publish that you simply made some days ago?
    Any sure?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.