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Democratic lawmakers in Virginia have pledged to try and make gay marriage legal this legislative session.
The legislators say they plan to push a slew of bills during the 2014 legislative session to make the commonwealth friendlier to gays. Those measures include banning workplace discrimination for public sector employees.
Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) says business groups support the efforts because it would make Virginia more competitive with its neighbors.
Previous attempts to repeal a ban on gay marriage have failed in the Republican-controlled House. But Democratic lawmakers say they are hopeful some lawmakers might reconsider their past positions this year.
A spokesman for House Republicans says GOP legislators are disappointed that Democrats would choose to make divisive social issues a centerpiece of their legislative agenda.