One of the first official acts of Virginia's newly-installed extreme anti-gay and fundamentalist Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell: Removing job protections for LGBT state employees. The executive order was signed February 5 and first reported last week by the Washington Post.
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has signed an executive order barring discrimination in the state workforce on grounds that include race, sex, religion and age, but not sexual orientation. The order, which McDonnell (R) signed Feb. 5, cements federal law, which prohibits discrimination on those grounds. It also follows McDonnell's long-standing position on the issue of legal protections based on sexual orientation. McDonnell had criticized his two Democratic predecessors for including language about it in their similar executive orders, arguing they overstepped their executive authority by extending protections to gay employees not envisioned by the General Assembly. McDonnell is the first Virginia governor in more than 30 years not to sign an order on the issue of discrimination on the grounds covered by federal law as one of his first acts in office.
On February 8, the Virginia Senate passed a bill that would have protected state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. One day later, a subcommittee in the Republican-dominated House of Delegates killed that same bill.
Before serving as the Commonwealth's Attorney General where he opposed then-Gov. Tim Kaine's order protecting LGBT public employees, McDonnell served in the House of Delegates. While in the legislature, McDonnell sought to block the reappointment of a Newport News Circuit Judge because she was allegedly lesbian.