The Frederick County Board of Supervisors in Winchester, VA, unanimously voted to expand LGBT protections via an amendment to their current policies. The Human Resources Committee for the county made the recommendation in time for the Board’s July meeting. This amendment added to the list of prohibited reasons for discrimination sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, color, and military status. The policy prior to this amendment included most of the standard groups and included “any other protected characteristics under applicable law.” It’s important to see them spell out sexual orientation, rather than depending on broader laws.
As we’ve seen at the state level in the past months, the support for these LGBT protections has grown and we’re seeing it going into the local level as well. This is important as the battle continues at the federal level, both in the courts and the legislature.