Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin Signs Law Protecting Any Outward Expressions of Religious Faith

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a new law Friday that reinforces the Commonwealth’s protections for religious freedom, clarifying that the freedom of expression for “religion” includes any outward display of religious faith.

House Bill 1063 amends the Code of Virginia relating to public accommodations, employment, and housing; prohibited discrimination on the basis of religion. Religion as now defined by the state includes any outward expression of religious faith, including adherence to religious dressing and grooming practices and the carrying or display of religious items or symbols.

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The law protects the use of symbols, like crosses or the Star of David, but also grooming practices, including beards, according to Christian Headlines.

The bill was introduced by Delegate Irene Shin, who represents the 86th District which is part of the counties of Fairfax and Loudoun.

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Gregory S. Baylor applauded the new Virginia law and also commended Youngkin and the Virginia General Assembly for clarifying the expression of faith in the law.

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