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EVPAC Statewide Endorsees Win the 2013 Election!

June 17th, 2013

Thanks to all who voted on November 5, we will start 2014 with a pro-LGBT governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general! Congratulations to Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring.  (Updated November, 2013)

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The next four years could be a crucial turning point for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians.  With supportive leadership from the top down here in the Commonwealth, this positive change can build momentum for ending workplace discrimination, gaining marriage equality, extending adoption rights, and protecting our LGBT youth.

Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsements for Virginia’s statewide races today.  Click here now to help us spread the word across the state and get these candidates in office.

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe, Governor

McAuliffe spoke at Equality Virginia’s 2013 Commonwealth Dinner reaffirming his support for marriage equality.

“I believe everyone should be treated fairly. I personally favor civil marriage for committed couples of the same-sex. I understand that this is an issue that Virginians of goodwill come down on both sides of and it is an issue where, like many Virginians, my views have changed from earlier in my life.”

As Governor of Virginia, he will be committed to putting jobs first — which also means providing an inclusive workplace environment to LGBT employees in state government to keep the Commonwealth a competitive place to do business.  He has promised to reinstate an executive order last issued by Gov. Kaine to protect Virginians from discrimination in the workplace.

Ralph Northam

Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor

Sen. Northam scored 100% on Equality Virginia Advocate’s 2013 Legislative Scorecard and is a longstanding ally in the General Assembly.  Northam is a supporter of marriage equality and workplace protections.

“There is no excuse to discriminate against Virginians based on whom they love or to stigmatize the children of same-sex couples as unequal because their parents cannot marry. I recently met with a constituent who broke down in tears because his gay son’s love would be treated as second-class. This discrimination and callousness must end. We must cherish and promote all Virginia families and children across the Commonwealth. That is why I will continue to fight for marriage equality.”

Mark Herring

Mark Herring, Attorney General

Sen. Herring has a longstanding record of supporting and voting in favor of equality in the General Assembly and scored a 100% in Equality Virginia Advocate’s 2013 Legislative Scorecard.

His Equality Agenda shows how he will address LGBT issues in the role of Attorney General and is directly in line with Equality Virginia’s three-fold mission to protect families, build safer communities, and end discrimination.

“As I travel across the Commonwealth, the message is consistent and clear: Virginians are ready for fundamental change in the office of Attorney General.  That change starts with having an Attorney General who will promote equality, rather than sow division.”

 

We have a lot of work to do before November.

Have you thought about the anti-LGBT ticket that will try to push us further back?  Every $20 donation enables Equality Virginia Advocates’ to talk with 50 more voters.

Imagine a Virginia with pro-equality leadership in the Executive Mansion…

Join us today and help us spread the word about these candidates that support LGBT Virginians.

One half of the ballot is in…

June 6th, 2013

Virginia is turning into an LGBT-rights battleground this election season.

If you thought there couldn’t possibly be a politician working against LGBT people more than Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, meet his running mates. Dubbed the “extreme team” – this trio would have the will and the power to pull our community backwards.

We’ll let their words do the talking…

Ken Cuccinelli, Governor Candidate
“When you look at the homosexual agenda, I cannot support something that I believe brings nothing but self-destruction, not only physically but of their soul.” [Washington Post, 2/05/08]
Jackson E.W. Jackson, Lietenant Governor Candidate
“Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality.” [Americans for Truth Radio, 10/19/12]
Obenshain Mark Obenshain, Attorney General Candidate
“I support Virginia’s marriage amendment, I supported it, and I continue to support it… I would not have a moment’s difficulty in standing up and defending it in court… The marriage amendment does not create discrimination.” [In debate with former Republican AG candidate Rob Bell, 3/27/13]

 

What would Virginia look like with these three leading come November?

You’re informed, but what about your neighbors?  Every $20 donation enables Equality Virginia Advocates’ to talk with 50 more voters.

We’re going to do everything we can before Election Day to get out the vote by telling your neighbors what’s at stake… And there’s a lot at stake.

Join us today and make sure Virginians know where these candidates stand on equality.

 

Organizations Respond To Anti-LGBT Billboards

October 10th, 2012

Equality Virginia & Gay Community Center of Richmond Place Election Billboard On I-95 South

Richmond, VA — “Include all families in America’s future” is the message you’ll see when driving through Richmond’s I-95/I-64 interchange through Oct. 20.  Equality Virginia and the Gay Community Center of Richmond placed a billboard reminding passersby that America is made up of many families.

“This election, we are very fortunate to have candidates speaking loudly in support of inclusive rights for all Americans,” Bill Harrison, interim president of the Gay Community Center of Richmond said.  “For our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied communities, this is a welcome change.”

The ad features three different families – a couple, couple with child and single parent.   In Virginia, the 2006 Marshall-Newman Amendment banned any recognition of gay couples by the state.  The Commonwealth’s adoption and family laws also place challenges on gays and lesbians for single and two parent adoption and second parent recognition.

EV and the GCCR partnered with this ad as a direct response to other billboard seen across Virginia that are using marriage equality and the LGBT community as a pawns in this election.

“It’s shameful to see political advertising using the LGBT community to polarize Americans,” EV’s Executive Director James Parrish said. “Equality Virginia is a non-partisan organization and relies on support across party lines. As Americans move towards support of marriage equality, this divisive message is out of touch with the country and only serves to split communities instead of bringing us together.”

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