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Virginia throws out law banning towns from removing Confederate monuments

Gov. Ralph Northam on Saturday signed two measures progressives have long sought, enshrining protections for the LGBTQ community into state law and giving Virginia localities the power to remove Confederate monuments.

The bills were among dozens that Democrats — in power in the Executive Mansion and both General Assembly chambers for the first time since 1994 — passed this year that will remake Virginia. While Northam endorsed several key measures as of Saturday evening, by press time he had not announced his actions on others, including a proposed increase to the state’s minimum wage.

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