Lawsuits challenge Virginia’s sexual orientation protections

Lawsuits challenge Virginia’s sexual orientation protections
The lawsuits filed this week in state and federal court by Alliance Defending Freedom argue that the new law infringes on their clients' religious freedom. (Source: Gray News)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A conservative legal group has filed lawsuits challenging a new Virginia law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The lawsuits filed this week in state and federal court by Alliance Defending Freedom argue that the new law infringes on their clients' religious freedom.

In one case, a northern Virginia photographer filed a lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria alleging that the law will compel him to photograph same-sex weddings in violation of his religious beliefs.

A spokeswoman for Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said the complaints are under review and that he is committed to fighting discrimination.

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