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Virginia's gay marriage ban has been in place since 2006.
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Virginia's gay marriage ban has been in place since 2006.

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.


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