Supreme Court of Virginia rejects contempt motion over restoration of voting rights

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Supreme Court of Virginia rejects contempt motion over restoration of voting rights

Governor Terry McAuliffe on the Virginia Supreme Court’s denied a motion by Virginia Republicans attempting to prevent him from restoring the rights of Virginians who have served their time according to the process that he announced on August 22nd: I am pleased that the Supreme Court has dismissed the case Republicans filed in their latest […]

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Republicans say Gov. McAuliffe has expressed disdain for the Court’s decision

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Republicans say Gov. McAuliffe has expressed disdain for the Court's decision

In the Republican’s motion to hold Gov. Terry McAuliffe in contempt they argue that McAuliffe may not restore a felon’s rights “without any specific request by individuals seeking such relief.” Their claim is that respondents printed individual restoration orders with a replica of the Governor’s signature under the seal of the Commonwealth, and mailed them […]

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Virginia legislators call for repeal of unconstitutional marriage language

Monday, July 18, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA.  – Today, Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43) introduced legislation in their respective bodies of the General Assembly to repeal Article I Section 15-A of the Constitution of Virginia and §§ 20-45.2 and 20-45.3 of the Code of Virginia. These sections, all of which have been deemed unconstitutional by the […]

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Legislation passes U.S. Senate that improves DNA testing to protect the wrongfully convicted

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) co-sponsored the legislation to reauthorize programs within the Department of Justice to improve the accuracy and integrity of the criminal justice system, and ensure public confidence in our legal system by investing in cutting-edge DNA testing and forensic technology. These programs have not been updated or strengthened in twelve years, […]

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Reps. James Clyburn and Bobby Scott today on voting rights restoration for felons

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Reps. James Clyburn and Bobby Scott today on voting rights restoration for felons

On a conference call today Assistant Democratic Leader Congressman James Clyburn who represents South Carolina’s 6th congressional district and Virginia’s 3rd district representative, Congressman Bobby Scott answered questions regarding Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s move to restore voting rights to 206,000 felons. Each felon has whose voting rights were restored completed their probation and/or parole. No gun […]

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AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AG Mark Herring issues official opinion on LGBT discrimination

RICHMOND, Va. (May 10, 2016) – In an official opinion issued today, May 10, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mark Herring, has concluded that: To the extent that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is recognized by federal courts and agencies as impermissible sex discrimination under federal anti-discrimination laws, such […]

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Rep. Scott, Sen. McEachin, DPVA Chair Swecker defend governor’s restoration of voting rights

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rep. Scott, Sen. McEachin, DPVA Chair Swecker defend governor's restoration of voting rights

In a press conference call today DPVA Chair Susan Swecker said “These are human beings who served their time and live and work in their community. I would hope that Speaker Bill Howell understands that civil rights are not limited to him and his friends.” Swecker added that Republicans true motivations and priorities are on […]

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RPV Chairman disagrees with governor’s blanket voting rights restoration action calling it “an effort to win votes”

Friday, April 22, 2016

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck in a statement said, “It was a Republican governor who began the long overdue work of restoring the rights of nonviolent felons. Few if any disagree that those who have paid their debts to society should be allowed full participation in that society. Mercy requires that we as […]

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Voting rights restored to 206,000 by Virginia Governor McAuliffe

Friday, April 22, 2016

Voting rights restored to 206,000 by Virginia Governor McAuliffe

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today restored the voting and civil rights of more than 200,000 Virginians who were convicted of felonies, served their time and completed any supervised release, parole or probation requirements. Each of those Virginians will immediately regain the right to register to vote, to run for office, to serve on a […]

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Bill discriminating against same-sex couples is vetoed

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bill discriminating against same-sex couples is vetoed

Senate Bill 41 passed the Senate on a party-line vote (20-19) on March 10 shortly before the 2016 session ended. It had been amended several times but still sustained language that would allow discrimination against same-sex married couples. No person is required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage or be subject to any […]

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HB 773 The Nondiscrimination discrimination act passes the Senate

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Senate substitute vs. the House bill defines discrimination (religious freedom) more clearly. It was changed to religious organizations, ministers and those performing marriages. Del. Todd Gilbert’s original bill was more broad. Churches now can refuse to perform a marriage on any grounds like a divorced couple. This does however give those authorized to perform […]

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Del. Rasoul condems persecution on basis of religious beliefs

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Del. Rasoul condems persecution on basis of religious beliefs

DEL. RASOUL SAYS HB 773 GIVES PERMISSION FOR PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO PERSECUTE BASED ON RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ROANOKE, VA – Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has condemned today’s passage of HB 773 by the Virginia House of Delegates.  HB 773 would allow taxpayer-funded service providers to refuse to serve LGBT people based on their religious beliefs. […]

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