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Bill Restricts Punishment for Discrimination

The Virginia House of Delegates recently passed a bill that would protect agencies in the state from being punished if they continued to discriminate against gay, transgender or people who have had extramarital relations. The bill, the "Government Nondiscrimination Act," was sponsored by C. Todd Gilbert, Rep. Those in favor of the bill says it will help Virginians preserve their religious beliefs, while opponents see it as another excuse to discriminate.

Mother Steals Clothes and Abandons Child at Macy's reports that a Philadelphia mother fled a Macy's department store with over $1,000 of merchandise. The mother, 27-year-old Mahogany Terry, brought her daughter with her while she shoplifted. Terry went into a dressing room, and was then apprehended by security guards who caught her taking the items. The mother and her daughter were escorted to a room in the building, and the guards handcuffed the mother's hands to a bench. Terry freed herself and fled the store, leaving her daughter behind. She was later picked up by authorities and charged with retail theft and child endangerment. Her daughter was taken to relatives after the Department of Human Services took her in briefly.

GA Child Protection Agency Admits Liability in Child Deaths

After years of suspected neglect, Georgia's child protection agency has admitted that they were responsible for the deaths of over 100 children in their care. A report from 2014 covered cases from families connected to the Division of Family and Child Services. During the investigation, it became clear that there were several errors in the way DFCS reported and handled cases of child abuse. Some cases were considered "closed," but never fully looked into by the agency. The agency stated that they have been subject to budget cuts and a 20% decrease in employees since 2006. The state plans to help DFCS by hiring 175 employees and contracting a consulting firm to plan a new practice model.

Proposed Senate Bill Bad News for Gay Couples

Proposed Senate Bill Bad News for Gay Couples

The Georgia Senate has proposed a bill that would allow certain groups and organizations to turn away gay couples. State Senator Greg Kirk sponsored Senate Bill 284, which would override any anti-discrimination requirements that the government already put in place. Senators met on Monday to review the terms, and they agreed that there were no issues with the bill. Kirk explained that the purpose of the bill is to protect faith-based groups who do not agree with gay marriage. He stated that there are some accreditation issues with organizations such as adoption agencies.

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