A bill which advocates say could have allowed businesses to discriminate against the LGBTQ community in the Commonwealth has been vetoed (as promised) by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
In a statement sent out today after vetoing the legislation McAuliffe said such legislation would have been bad for Virginia’s economy.
“Businesses and job creators do not want to locate or do business in states that appear more concerned with demonizing people than with creating a strong business climate. Legislation that immunizes the discriminatory actions of certain people and institutions at the expense of same-sex couples would damage Virginia’s reputation for commonsense, pro-business government,” said McAuliffe. “We need only look at the damage these types of laws are doing in other states to understand the harm this bill could bring to our Commonwealth and its economy.
The two matching House and Senate bills, SB 1324 and HB 2025, were considered “religious freedom” legislation because they, as LGBTQ advocates put it, would protect people and organizations that oppose same-sex marriages, giving them the right to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples in services connected to same-sex weddings.
Both bills passed the House and Senate along party lines, though neither should have enough votes to override the veto if either chamber tries.
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