Three Virginia state lawmakers are forming a "Redskins Pride Caucus" to defend the Washington, D.C.-based football team that's come under pressure to change its name.
Fairfax Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen, Manassas Republican Del. Jackson Miller and Loudon Republican Del. David Ramadan scheduled a news conference Monday at the Capitol to announce the caucus' formation.
The group includes Franklin County Senator Bill Stanley. He says the group supports the NFL franchise and opposes changing the name.
"Not only is this political correctness run amok, it's just plain wrong. And I will close by saying this: Beat Dallas! Amen. Go Redksins," Stanley said.
Members of The Redskins Pride Coalition aren't planning any legislation, just a show of support for the Redskins organization and community of fans.
Last month, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to the team urging it to change its name. And the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled last week that the Redskins name is disparaging to Native Americans and that the team should be stripped of federal trademark protection.