RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV / Attorney General Press Release) – On Monday, the Virginia House of Representatives passed a civil rights bill by Attorney General Mark Herring and Majority Chairman Charniele Herring to make the Civil Rights Office a permanent part of the Attorney General’s office.
According to a press release from the Attorney General’s Office, the Civil Rights Bureau was created to secure and expand the civil rights of Virginians and to protect all Virginians from discrimination based on race, religion, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or other more protected Status.
“This is a great moment in Virginia’s long and ongoing journey to fulfill the promise of equality for all. Every Virginian has the right to live free from discrimination and free from the fear that they will be denied an opportunity or treated differently because of who they are, what they look like, who they adore or who they love, “said Attorney General Mark Herring in the press release.
According to the press release, Virginia’s revised civil and human rights policy reads as follows:
“It is the policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide equal opportunities for all citizens throughout the Commonwealth, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, birth or related illnesses, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, disability, Marital, marital or veteran status and, to that end, the prohibition of discriminatory practices in relation to employment, public housing, including educational institutions, and real estate transactions of any person or group of people, including state and local law enforcement agencies, so as to promote peace, health, safety, prosperity and the general welfare of all residents of the Commonwealth are protected and assured. “
“The Virginians should be proud to know that the protection and extension of civil rights will now be an integral part of the attorney general’s office,” Majority Leader Charniele Herring said in the press release. “We have come a long way since Virginia’s attorney general went all the way to the Supreme Court to keep people like me out of our public schools or to tell us who we might or might not marry.”
The Civil Rights Office has thirteen employees, including seven lawyers.
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