RICHMOND, VA – Yesterday afternoon, Delegate Wren Williams’ (R – Stuart) bill to protect churches and other places of worship from being discriminately shut down passed the Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate 35-5. Williams introduced HB2171 in response to former Governor Northam shutting down churches and places of worship during the Covid-19 pandemic while leaving other businesses open.
“Freedom to gather and worship is a fundamental American right that is worth fighting for,” said Delegate Williams. “Passing this bill is a spectacular win for the millions of church-going Christians and people of every faith all across Virginia. I am amazed and humbled at this victory for religious freedom.”
HB2171, which already passed the House on February 7th, will now go to the Governor’s desk.
Wren Williams is the sitting delegate representing Virginia’s 9th House District, serving on the Committees on Public Safety, Privileges and Elections, and Courts of Justice. Since redistricting, Williams is running for re-election in Virginia’s newly-drawn 47th House District. Outside of politics, Wren lives with his wife, Britt, and son, Rhett, in Stuart, VA. Wren and Britt own and operate Schneider & Williams Law Firm.