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Va. juvenile justice board OKs anti-bias rules

Wednesday - 1/11/2012, 11:27am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's Board of Juvenile Justice again has retained a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation at its residential centers.

The board on Tuesday voted 5-1 to pass Department of Juvenile Justice regulations that include specific protections based on sexual orientation. Board members rejected advice from the state attorney general's office that only the General Assembly can designate a special class of citizens.

A spokesman for Gov. Bob McDonnell says that the governor's office will review the regulations

The panel approved anti-bias regulations in 2010, but the agency stripped out the sexual-orientation reference during the final approval process.

Board members voted in June to reaffirm the regulations, which would bar juvenile facilities from discriminating against youth based on race, national origin, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

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