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McAuliffe signs executive order prohibiting discrimination against LGBT state workers

Saturday, January 11, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — Just moments after his inauguration on Saturday, Virgina governor Terry McAuliffe signed “Executive Order Number 1,” a directive prohibiting 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.

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The order fulfills a campaign promise by McAuliffe to reinstate previous orders by former governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner that prohibited discrimination against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation. The is the first time gender identity has been included.

McAuliffe’s predecessor, Bob McDonnell, had said there there was no need to ban discrimination against LGBT state employees because there was no evidence that there was any.

“My administration is committed to keeping Virginia open and welcoming to all who call our Commonwealth home,” said McAuliffe.

“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,” he said.

The full text of the Executive Order is here.

McAuliffe was sworn in as Virginia’s 72nd governor earlier Saturday after defeating outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the November general election.

Mark Herring was sworn in as attorney general and Ralph Northam as lieutenant governor, giving Democrats their first sweep of Virginia’s top three statewide offices in 24 years.

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  1. I live in virginia so this is great:)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:16pm
  2. Fantastic :D

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:16pm
  3. Yes! The revolution is on…

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:16pm
  4. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:16pm
  5. AWESOME!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:17pm
  6. Cool dude

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:18pm
  7. :))

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:18pm
  8. What a relief! There ARE decent politicians in the US… I was beginning to worry that they are all HATErosexual Homophobes, Racist and rabidly intent on exterminating the poor!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:20pm
  9. Not all of us straight folk are racist or homophobic!

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:18am
  10. No, not all straights are racist or homophobic either one, not by a long shot. But it's really sad how many are...

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:17am
  11. No, dear. Who wants to eliminate the poor are the reps.

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:36am
  12. HATErosexuality is NOT the same as Heterosexuality, Gordon, it is the sexual deviance of people who need to HATE to get aroused or feel powerful.

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:08pm
  13. Heriberto, do you really think there is a difference? Repubiclice GOP and TEABAGGERS = HATErosexual Homophobes, who thrive on hatred and abuse, whether it be sexual, physical, political or emotional... they are part of the same project!

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:11pm
  14. Keeping his campaign promise…on a weekend. Love it!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:20pm
  15. Have a nice weekend Mr. Cuccinelli!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:24pm
  16. Some place else besides Virginia.

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  17. God bless you

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:25pm
  18. That’s going to make those assholes who want to ban oral and anal sex a lot more pissy than normal–now that they can’t discriminate against gays anymore.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:26pm
  19. Thank you Governor.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:32pm
  20. Virginia is for LOVERS! Isn’t that their state (ment)? LOL Let’s go to the beach!

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:32pm
  21. I’m beginning to love my home state again. Now legalize marriage equality and I will be a happy kosher clam.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:33pm
  22. Go Virginia

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:36pm
  23. Having moved here to be with my wife, who is in the Navy, this is EXCELLENT news! Thank you!!! Woot! Equality, what a concept. ;)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:43pm
  24. Awesome!!!!#

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:46pm
  25. We The People of the United States of America took one step closer to that More Perfect Union thanks to Governor of Virginia

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:51pm
  26. good news, bad title. I don’t think the ‘anti’ should be there but I could be wrong.

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:51pm
  27. WTG Governor. :-)

    Posted on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:59pm
  28. *prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:03am
  29. Fucking with all of you, he is a commie, muslim lover and in bed with Obama! Drink some more Kool-aid liberals!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:05am
  30. Thank you, Governor McAuliffe!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:08am
  31. Great. Now, let’s start on Same Sex Marriage.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:10am
  32. Awesome

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:11am
  33. finally!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:12am
  34. Hey Donnie Swan aren’t you missing a Douche Die Nasty show or a KKK meeting or something? Illiterate white trash.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:21am
  35. WTG

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:30am
  36. THANK YOU, GOVERNOR !

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:36am
  37. outstanding!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:37am
  38. This like all good things come when Democrats rather than Republicans are elected into office. Hopefully VA will soon follow the US Constitution’s guarantee of equality for all and legalize same-sex civil marriage in VA. Also hopefully everyone will vote straight line Democrat in November, and given the Republicans’ redistricting and various voter suppression efforts make sure your vote is counted!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:37am
  39. I'll be voting Republican. It's time to get people off of Welfare.

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:55pm
  40. Sharon, Republicans have not gotten people off welfare, lowered taxes (except for the rich), or lowered the deficit. Democrats have done that. Republicans spent 54 billion of our tax dollars to shut down the government recently, millions more to try to pass legislation banning abortion and birth control for women, and millions more to defend in court (when the Democrats rightfully wouldn't) the unconstitutional so called Defense of Marriage Act. Unless you are a fundamentalist "Christian," straight male in the top 1% financial bracket, you are voting against your own self interests to vote Republican.

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:50pm
  41. I am glad to see this.. Now it’s time for marriage equality for all!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:37am
  42. What a wonderful way to take office! Thank you Governor Terry McAuliffe.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:38am
  43. whooooooooohoooooooooo!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:39am
  44. So happy about this. Maybe VA will get out the stone ages and move toward the present time.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:49am
  45. Good

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:51am
  46. Hell yeah!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:53am
  47. fucking awesome suck on that south va HAHAHAHHAHA!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:07am
  48. Im so glad his first action was on such an important and life threating issue. I mean heaven forbid he deal with unimportant issues like homelessness, job creation, sex trafficing, hunger and other minor issues..sigh……..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:17am
  49. yeah, you know. the slew of people being fired from their jobs, losing their homes, etc. because their LGBTQ. Absolutely NOTHING wrong with that whatsoever. Nope.

    Replied on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:33am
  50. Good Move!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:22am
  51. Thank you

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:22am
  52. The beginning of the New Dominion? Let’s hope so. Sending two thumbs up from across the river here in MD.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:33am
  53. fulfilled campaign promises = happy constituents. way to go, man!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:38am
  54. thank goodness.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:52am
  55. Morgan Dendler, I think you shouldn’t speak about things you don’t know about. Personally, I know if two people this happened to. Just because it isn’t your issue doesn’t make it a wrong issue. Civil rights should always be a priority. I’m sure you know all about that, being a white male and all.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:11am
  56. Of not if.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:11am
  57. What a GUY!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:19am
  58. Way to go! Equality for all.
    Thanks from NYC.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:39am
  59. Like this guy !

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:42am
  60. Coochie Coochie Nellie must be choking .. Love it !

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:45am
  61. BUT- this only applies to state employees. No one in the private sector is protected.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:47am
  62. oh yeah!!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:14am
  63. Another educated dummy ..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:53am
  64. Something the President might copy!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:57am
  65. how long yall think b4 he gets popped with possesion of cocaine, embeslement and trading $ for sex w dumpsters?

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:01am
  66. Great job Governor !!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:20am
  67. BRAVO: America is becoming a land of freedom…afterall…finally…WELCOME TO AMERICA…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:29am
  68. THANK YOU! <3

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:35am
  69. <3 thank you

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:37am
  70. Bravo, bravo!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 5:53am
  71. Don’t point at me iv done out wrong

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:32am
  72. I know people that have lost their jobs and homes. One was mid transition and after “her” bosses said they had no problem with her transitioning to female at work, she was fired weeks later. Lost her custom built home!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:33am
  73. My kind of governor!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:58am
  74. Great decision!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:11am
  75. good job..

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 10:44am
  76. I don’t think they are trying to exterminate the poor. They are trying to create them so they get the Democratic Vote.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:52pm
  77. Applause applause applause !!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:33pm
  78. It is shameful that it is even necessary…

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:54pm
  79. @ J.r. Chittock you’re a scary wacko bird.

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:38pm
  80. We need him in NC, our governor SUCKS!!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:48pm
  81. Proof that voting DOES make a difference! Be sure your voice is heard this year. VOTE!!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:46pm
  82. a democrat, yeah!

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 3:55pm
  83. if

    Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 4:05pm