Va. House approves pro-LGBT surrogacy bill

By : James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill on Feb. 20 to make the state’s surrogacy laws gender-neutral.

Introduced by state Del. Richard Sullivan (D-Fairfax County), the bill, House Bill 1979, removes the terms “husband and “wife” from the laws. The measure also permits someone who is not married to be “an intended parent.”

An identical version of the legislation passed in the Virginia Senate on Feb. 18 by a 28-12 vote margin.

Danica Roem, the only openly transgender person in the House, on Feb. 20 tweeted the bill will make it  “easier for LGBTQ parents to have kids.”

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