Thanks to an executive order issued by newly elected Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on February 5, gay and lesbian state workers in that state are no longer specifically protected against discrimination. Prior to issuing his executive order, Gov. McDonnell rescinded an executive order signed by former Gov. Tim Kaine on January 14, 2006 which added veterans and sexual orientation to the state’s non-discrimination policy. The executive order signed by Gov. McDonnell 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, but noticeably absent is any mention of sexual orientation.
I guess the message here is simple: if you’re gay or lesbian, you’re not welcome as a state employee in Virginia.