The Virginia Governor vetoed anti-LGBT bill

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FARMVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 04: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe attends the Vice Presidential Debate between Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at Longwood University on October 4, 2016 in Farmville, Virginia. This is the second of four debates during the presidential election season and the only debate between the vice presidential candidates. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Governor of Virginia did not move the ‘license to discriminate’ forward in his state. The Governor of Virginia has vetoed two bills to allow tax-payer funded agencies to deny LGBT people in service if it goes contrary their beliefs and religion. Governor Terry McAuliffe vetod both Senate Bill 1324 and House Bill 2025.Governor Terry McAuliffe vetod both Senate Bill 1324 and House Bill 2025. The bill states that “no person shall be required to participate in the solemnisation of any marriage.” People who do discriminate will not be “subject to any penalty” if they are seen to be acting in “accordance with a sincerely held religious belief,” which actually meant denying same-sex couples in marriage. It has since been passed by the House of Representatives with 53 to 38 in a final vote which. Governor McAuliffe vetoed a similar proposal last year. Pro-LGBT groups welcome the decision. In part, Human Rights Campaign said in statement: “In truth, this vile legislation had nothing to do with protecting the right to practice one’s religion and everything to do with enshrining taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBTQ people into state law. By vetoing this discriminatory legislation, Governor McAuliffe has sent a powerful and inclusive message that Virginia is welcoming and open for business to all. We urge the Virginia Legislature to uphold this decision.”

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