Democratic lawmakers in Richmond have launched a legislative campaign to expand gay rights across the state, hoping to hop on the party’s sweep in recent elections as well as changing opinions statewide, the Washington Post reports.
The campaign, which includes legislation on discrimination and marriage recognition, comes a day after newly sworn in Governor Terry McAuliffe promised to push for equality for gay couples.
Lawmakers took up the campaign at a morning news conference on Monday, supporting measures to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage ban, banning housing discrimination and gay conversion therapy, allowing civil unions and recognizing same-sex marriages from other states.
“Our marriage laws are becoming more and more antiquated every day,” said Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), the first openly gay state senator. “Virginia needs to be a place. . . where same-sex couples aren’t treated like second-class citizens,” according to the Washington Post.