Jay Timmons, his husband, Rick Olson, and their 3-year-old son, Jacob — born with the help of a surrogate — are not the typical nuclear family celebrated by Virginia Republicans, particularly by the conservative base.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The General Assembly's 2019 session was a disappointment for LGBTQ advocates as most legislation on health care, marriage and legal protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity failed. But activists are not giving up.
"I would encourage people not to be discouraged because we are going to be back next year," said Bill Harrison, president of Diversity Richmond, which supports cultural, health and other programs for the LGBTQ community.
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February 20, 2019
Jacob’s Law Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor’s Desk
RICHMOND, Va. – Delegate Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan, Jr.’s HB1979, also known as Jacob’s Law, has successfully passed both the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate.
The General Assembly has approved a resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of what began life as a volunteer fire company and eventually became Arlington Fire Station #8.
The bill, proposed Tuesday by Democratic Del. Richard "Rip" Sullivan, would allow anyone qualified to vote to cast their ballot early without giving a reason or applying beforehand.
Saying he hopes to find “middle ground” on guns, Gov. Ralph Northam said Friday that he’ll push for legislation that would let authorities temporarily take guns away from people who threaten to hurt others or themselves.
At a news conference in Richmond, Northam reiterated his support for several gun control measures, including universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and reinstatement of Virginia’s former one-handgun-a-month law.
RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is making an aggressive push to revive gun-control proposals that GOP lawmakers killed in last year’s General Assembly session, seizing what he senses to be Democratic momentum as the legislature convenes next week.
Flanked by fellow Democrats from the House of Delegates and state Senate, Northam rolled out a package of bills Friday that would require universal background checks for firearms purchases, ban assault weapons and resurrect individuals’ purchase limits to one handgun per month, among other proposals.
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January 4, 2019
Delegate Sullivan Introduces “Red Flag” Bill to Curb Gun Violence
Crossover day — the deadline for the House of Delegates to act on bills House members propose and for the state Senate to do the same for senators’ bright ideas — came this year the same day as the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and staff. And left unconsidered by the House Courts of Justice Committee by crossover day was Del. Rip Sullivan’s second attempt at a law that would allow judges to issue warrants that would allow police to search for and seize weapons of people found to pose a danger to themselves or others.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -- After proposing a packet of bills to combat hate crimes and white supremacist groups, Virginia’s top prosecutor is holding a series of roundtables across the Commonwealth.
“It’s important that our legislators hear it first hand,” Attorney General Mark Herring said. “We are all Virginians.”
Herring sat at the head of a table in the basement of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond on Tuesday.
To his left was Jack Brandt, an advocate for people with disabilities. He has cerebral palsy and communicates with the help of Sanam Hashemi.