Virginia Democrats expected to pass bill that lawyers say would force Christian schools to house gay couples

The Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate is expected to send legislation to Gov. Ralph Northam that lawyers say could force Christian colleges to house gay couples as part of a non-discrimination measure.

The bill, HB 1663, known as the “Virginia Values Act,” includes revisions to Virginia’s Human Rights Act and Fair Housing Act that prohibit discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in housing and public spaces. The policy extends to religious institutions and schools employing six or more people.

The bill passed the House of Delegates on February 6. The Senate passed SB 868, a similar bill, on the same day. Both bills are
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