Late yesterday afternoon Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell reversed his policy on discrimination based on sexual orientation. In his first Executive Directive, state employees are protected from discrimination based upon their sexual orientation.
McDonnell's move is damage control after the state's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli created a firestorm by advising all state institutions of higher learning that Virginia law did not support fully inclusive non-discrimination policies in their institutions and they should be removed.
As the following article states, Cuccinelli made a mess and McDonnell is attempting to clean it up.
Regardless of McDonnell's motivation, this is a limited victory for Lesbian and Gay Virginians who work for the state. If McDonnell had directed that all LGBT were to be protected from all discrimination in all circumstances, a complete victory for full equality would have been achieved. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Thus, we have damage control.
For Transgender Virginians, the $64,000,000 question is: When will we get some relief from discrimination at any level?
McDonnell's Sexual Discrimination Ban Applauded
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Posted by De Sube at 3/11/2010 08:24:00 AM