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Va. tables bill to ban discrimination against LGBT state workers

LGBT employees currently protected under McAuliffe's executive order
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia Senate committee on Monday tabled a bill that would have banned discrimination against state employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

The General Laws and Technology Committee voted 7-7 to table the measure, reported GayRVA.com. Race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, childbirth conditions and disability would also have been protected under the bill.

Despite the bill’s postponement, LGBT state employees are currently protected from discrimination under an executive order signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe moments after he took office on Jan 11.

The bill would have codified the protections so they could not be removed by the next governor.

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.

Next week a similar version of the bill will go before the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.

Also Monday, a House subcommittee struck down a bill aimed at repealing Virginia’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, effectively ending the fight from the legislative front in this session.

Meanwhile, two federal court challenges to the ban are moving forward.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. Let’s see if the bigots will pass it.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:50pm
  2. The spirit of Cuccinelli lives on…

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:51pm
  3. The fuck, Virginia? Dx

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:53pm
  4. This is nothing more than spite because they’re being sued.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 8:58pm
  5. well well, viriginia isn’t for lovers, is that false advertizment ?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:04pm
  6. About time, ban LGBT & racial discrimination all across the board!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:07pm
  7. WTF!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:30pm
  8. Why did they postpone it?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:31pm
  9. I hope this gets struck down by the courts. So the bigots can go fuck themselves.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:43pm
  10. Where’s that new governor?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:49pm
  11. Surely even VA doesn’t approve of discrimination–well, sadly, they may.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:36pm
  12. At last

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:42pm
  13. Sue, sue, sue, sue, sue.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:02pm
  14. Garrett Piersa

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:18pm
  15. Bah.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 11:21pm
  16. It’s so difficult for any politician to comprehend that gays are human too. & that they need a wake up call to our equality status.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:01am
  17. Come on new Gov. Where are you?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:34am
  18. No person should be deprived of life liberty or property without due process of law. The Bill of Rights was passed to prevent religious fanatics from starting new versions of witch hunts. Many of those burned at the stakes in Europe over a period of 600 years or so we’re killed because they were LGBT.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:00pm
  19. Why the hell are people likeing this obviously they are too stupid to read the article.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:02pm