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VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe Bans Discrimination Against LGBT Employees in First Executive Order


Shortly after being sworn in, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT state employees. It was McAuliffe's first official act as governor.

Said McAuliffe:

“My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our Commonwealth home. Executive Order Number 1 sets the tone for an administration that will not accept discrimination in any form, and one that will work tirelessly to ensure all Virginians have equal opportunity in the workplace, no matter their backgrounds, race, religion, or whom they love.”

The order "prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government."

Watch McAuliffe's swearing in, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Somewhere Ken Cuccinelli is nashv s teeth.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 11, 2014 5:45:06 PM

  2. This is going to be a fun term, considering just how nasty and ultra-conservative his opponent would have been. :)

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 11, 2014 5:56:41 PM

  3. Good on Gov. McAuliffe. It was without doubt the right thing to do.

    Posted by: Drew | Jan 11, 2014 6:01:34 PM

  4. President Terry McAuliffe. It has a nice ring.

    Posted by: Guy | Jan 11, 2014 6:47:57 PM

  5. As a Virginian gay, I'm very happy, but this order only applies to "Virginia state government" employees. Meaning it doesn't actually protect the overwhelming majority of us throughout the state. We need a state law for that. It's still great news, though.

    Posted by: Francis | Jan 11, 2014 6:55:22 PM

  6. @FRANCIS this is the most he can do at this time through executive order. I agree, work to be done. Good job gov!

    Posted by: Reality | Jan 11, 2014 7:14:04 PM

  7. Eugene Delgaudio is having a fit right now.

    Posted by: homer | Jan 11, 2014 7:48:49 PM

  8. HA! This is sweet! It was nice to see Cuccinelli go down the way he did. It must have made the defeat even more painful.

    Posted by: Jonna the Woodswoman | Jan 11, 2014 9:15:30 PM

  9. Votes for Democrats are brilliant!

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 11, 2014 11:48:56 PM

  10. applause APPLAUSE

    Posted by: L G. | Jan 12, 2014 4:02:52 AM

  11. What a difference a decade makes! Ten years ago, we were the untouchables in American society. No politicians would support marriage equality, and the Republicans thought bigotry was a successful political plank. Now it can be argued that Cucchinelli, the standard bearer of hate-centered politics, lost his election because, in large measure, the public has come to realize the ugliness of that agenda. The first act of the new governor symbolizes eloquently the prospects for fair treatment of LGBT in American politics.

    Posted by: j.martindale | Jan 12, 2014 6:35:39 AM

  12. Being Virginia into the new century. Finally! Keep it goin', Terry.

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 12, 2014 7:36:42 AM

  13. Sorry, that should be "bringing".

    Posted by: Peter | Jan 12, 2014 7:37:09 AM

  14. THIS is why we as an LGBT need to have a coalition to support a candidate that supports us, and pour our resources to that candidate. We did exactly that here in Virginia and it paid off for us.

    Don't be complacent LGBT. Get involved in the political arena.

    Posted by: VA Dad | Jan 12, 2014 10:11:52 AM

  15. This is why more Democrats need to be elected, liberal, progressive Democrats. I never bought into the lie that Democrat and Republican Party are the same.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jan 12, 2014 11:25:17 AM

  16. Just one of the thousands of actions taken by elected democratic office holders nation wide, to further the cause of equality for LGBT people.

    Posted by: andrew | Jan 12, 2014 12:12:38 PM

  17. You should strive to avoid headlines that can be misunderstood. As several readers have pointed out this applies only to state employees. In fact, theoretically you may have caused harm, someone who works for a private employer may be planning to come out tomorrow after just reading the headline and end up being fired. Having a journalistic voice requires careful responsibility.

    Posted by: Art Weiss | Jan 13, 2014 12:24:40 AM

  18. McAuliffe is part of those "New Democrats", who basically hold Republican principles of old (100% pro business economically, but moderate and decidedly tolerate socially) and are in the party because there was no room for them anymore in the current GOP. If given the luxury, I wouldn't want those kinds of Democrats having the power to do much of anything within the party, but the left has become a HUGE 'tent' with the advent of the extreme right Republican Party.

    Miss Piggy would have beaten Cuccinelli in a sane world.

    P.S. Yes, I'm aware that McAuliffe was the campaign director of Bill Clinton during the 90s.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Jan 14, 2014 9:27:30 AM

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