LGBT Groups, Lawmakers Come Together To Discuss Legislation They Hope To See Passed In 2015

Same-sex marriage supporters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US Supreme Court, March 26, 2013 in Washington. (Photo: ABC News)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Nearly a dozen legislators came together on Tuesday to join local LGBT groups at the Capitol for a news conference.

There, LGBT supporters outlined legislation they hope to see passed in 2015.

Their priorities include updating Virginia’s code to reflect marriage equality, adding crimes based on sexual preference or identity to the list of hate crimes and banning gay “conversion therapy” for minors.

More than 20 bills to protect and welcome Virginia’s LGBT community have been filed for the 2015 session, according to Equality Virginia.

“Even as Virginians continue to celebrate the freedom to marry, it is important to remember that LGBT Virginians are still discriminated against every day,” executive director of Equality Virginia, James Parrish said. “For example, many people are surprised to learn that LGBT Virginians can be fired from their job simply because of who they are.”

There are also a number of bills that would clean up the Virginia code to accurately reflect the law that same-sex couples can now be married in Virginia.

Next Monday, the Senate Committee on General Laws is slated to hear two identical bills that would end discrimination in the public workplace.

Two delegates have also introduced identical workplace non-discrimination bills in the House. Those bills have been referred to the Committee on General Laws.

Stay with 8News for more information on this developing story.

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