New Virginia Governor Re-Allows Discrimination Against Gays

Christina Bellantoni writes on Talking Points Memo:

Gay and lesbian state workers in Virginia are no longer specifically protected against discrimination, thanks to a little-noticed change made by new Gov. Bob McDonnell.

McDonnell (R) on Feb. 5 signed an executive order that prohibits discrimination “on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities,” as well as veterans.

It rescinds the order that Gov. Tim Kaine signed Jan. 14, 2006 as one of his first actions. After promising a “fair and inclusive” administration in his inaugural address, Kaine (D) added veterans to the non-discrimination policy — and sexual orientation.

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  • tonyviner

    I had a friend that would not hire another friend because he was gay. It is a shame that we call ourselves “The Leader of the Free World”. It is a shame that we call ourselves “Free”.

  • Anonymous

    “It seems today, to be yourself
    Takes so much courage and strength
    If you were half the human, as people who “come out”
    This world would be a better place
    You wave your flag
    Tell me I’m free
    Then use the word fag
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    ~ Anti-Flag ~

  • bryan_85

    “It seems today, to be yourself
    Takes so much courage and strength
    If you were half the human, as people who “come out”
    This world would be a better place
    You wave your flag
    Tell me I'm free
    Then use the word fag
    To fuck with me”
    ~ Anti-Flag ~