A governor that keeps his promise and is LGBTQ friendly – now that’s my kind of man (politically speaking)…
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Saturday signed an executive order that bans discrimination against LGBT state employees.
“By virtue of the authority vested in me as governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the commonwealth of Virginia to assure equal opportunity in all facets of state government,” reads the directive McAuliffe signed shortly after he took office on the South Portico of the State Capitol. “The foundational tenet of this executive order is premised upon a steadfast commitment to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity and mutual respect for all Virginians.”
McAuliffe repeatedly promised during his campaign against then-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that the first executive order he would sign as governor is a ban on anti-LGBT discrimination against state employees. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell did not issue such a mandate, but U.S. Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner as governor banned discrimination against state employees based on their sexual orientation.
Julian Walker of the Virginian-Pilot reported gender identity and expression for the first time was included in the anti-discrimination order.
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