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Janet Howell's Voting Records on Issue: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Office: State Senate (VA) - District 32, Democratic

Virginia Key Votes

Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Feb. 21, 2012 HB 189 Authorizes Adoption Agencies to Refuse Adoptions for Religious Reasons Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
Nay
Feb. 9, 2012 SB 349 Authorizing Private Adoption Agencies to Refuse Certain Placements Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
Nay
Feb. 2, 2011 SB 747 Prohibits Discrimination in State Employment Based on Sexual Orientation Bill Passed - Senate
(22 - 18)
Yea
Feb. 8, 2010 SB 66 Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination in State Government Employment Bill Passed - Senate
(23 - 17)
Yea

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