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Virginia Gov. Youngkin revokes schools’ transgender policies, asserts parental rights

Sep 19, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Parental rights and religious freedom are central to Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s new statewide policies for public schools released... Read more

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Fired over transgender pronoun mandate, Virginia teacher appeals to state supreme court

Sep 3, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A Virginia teacher fired for not using the “preferred pronoun” of a self-identified transgender student has appealed his case to... Read more

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Virginia governor signs death penalty repeal

Mar 24, 2021

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) signed a bill Wednesday ending the death penalty in Virginia, making the commonwealth the 23rd state... Read more

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Virginia governor signs abortion coverage expansion into law

Mar 12, 2021

Virginia’s governor on Friday signed a bill into law expanding abortion coverage in the state, prompting a rebuke from the... Read more

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Virginia legislature votes to abolish the death penalty

Feb 22, 2021

Virginia is expected to become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty, after its general assembly voted on... Read more

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Virginia bishops deplore House passage of ‘drastic’ taxpayer funded abortion bill

Jan 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishops of Virginia lamented the House of Delegates’ “tragic decision” to pass legislation that would permit abortion coverage for... Read more

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Virginia bishops oppose abortion bill passed by state senate

Jan 22, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Virginia bishops opposed a bill allowing for taxpayer-funded abortion coverage that passed the state senate on Friday.    The bill,... Read more

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DOJ files statement of interest in church suit against Virginia governor

May 4, 2020

The Justice Department (DOJ) is backing a small community church suing Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, arguing that the state cannot single... Read more

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam speaking in front of Alexandria City Hall, March 2019.

Virginia church sues governor over stay-at-home order

Apr 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A small Virginia church has filed a lawsuit against the governor, after a pastor was cited for hosting a service with 16... Read more

Archbishop William Lori, speaks at a Legatus conference on Feb 8, 2013.

Churches closed in Maryland, not Virginia, after governors’ orders

Mar 31, 2020

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has closed all churches to private prayer and instructed priests to only offer sacraments in cases of... Read more

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam speaking in front of Alexandria City Hall, March 2019.

Virginia governor makes attending church a criminal offense

Mar 25, 2020

Virginia governor Ralph Northam has made it a criminal offense to attend church services of more than 10 people. An... Read more

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax applauds as Gov. Ralph Northam delivers the State of the Commonwealth address at the Virginia State Capitol, Jan. 8, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia Lt. Governor breaks senate tie to liberalize abortion access

Jan 30, 2020

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Catholic, cast the tie-breaking vote on Wednesday to pass a bill to liberalize abortion... Read more

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Virginia lawmakers repeal abortion restrictions

Jan 29, 2020

By Perry West

Virginia’s legislature has voted to repeal restrictions on abortions in the state. The state’s governor is expected to sign the... Read more

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State elections point to looming battles over abortion, LGBT, and gun rights

Nov 6, 2019

By Matt Hadro

In Virginia, Democrats won both chambers of the state legislature and will hold both the state house and governor’s mansion... Read more

Split ruling for Virginia abortion regulations

Oct 1, 2019

A federal judge on Monday overturned two Virginia restrictions on abortion, while upholding several others, saying, “the right to choose... Read more

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Virginia Catholic Conference: 'Public accountability' important in death penalty cases

Sep 24, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Virginia Catholic Conference has spoken in support of a lawsuit demanding that the public be able to view the entirety... Read more

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Virginia governor accepts appointee's resignation over anti-Catholic tweets

Aug 29, 2019

A Democratic Party activist with a history of anti-Catholic and other bigoted social media posts has resigned from Virginia Council... Read more

Judge rules against Virginia law banning abortions by non-doctors

May 8, 2019

A federal judge in Richmond, Virginia has ruled against state medical regulations requiring first-trimester abortions be performed only by physicians.  Read more

A crowd gathers during the Virginia March for Life, April 3, 2019.

Virginia March for Life mobilizes new pro-life marchers

Apr 3, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A crowd of thousands took to the streets of Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday to participate in Virginia’s first statewide March... Read more

Virginia Catholics praise dismissal of assisted suicide by state legislature

Nov 15, 2018

Virginia Catholics are praising the decision of a joint commission of the state legislature to take no action on a... Read more