On July 1, Virginia enacted the “Virginia Values Act,” which bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. A companion law requires employers to include coverage for sex reassignment and “gender affirming” surgeries in their health plans. The Act provides an exemption for religious schools “owned, supported, controlled, or managed” by denominations or churches, but the exemption is severely limited.
Churches and places serving alcohol have been ordered to limit their gatherings to less than 50 people in Quebec, Canada. This decision singles out churches, bars and restaurants by allowing cinemas and theaters among other places to maintain a 250 person limit.