SB 236 could allow discrimination against LGBT students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 26, 2014 Contact: Kirsten Bokenkamp, [email protected], 804.643.4816 The following statement can be attributed to James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia: “Equality Virginia is disappointed in the passage of SB 236 through the Senate and now the House of Delegates.  This bill could have the consequence of allowing students to discriminate against their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peers under the guise of religious freedom.  As Virginia moves toward becoming a more inclusive and welcoming state for all individuals and families regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, this legislation stands out as a step in the wrong direction.  We hope that Governor McAuliffe will stand by his word to veto this bill.”