In Virginia, state employees are protected from discrimination against them on the basis of race, religion, ethnic background, age and other categories with which we are all familiar. Last year I introduced a bill to add a prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to that list.Read Senator McEachin's complete message at the Richmond Times Dispatch.
I did that because, although Govs. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine had outlawed this form of discrimination by executive order, Gov. Bob McDonnell had said he felt that was an inappropriate mechanism and that it was properly in the domain of the General Assembly to make that decision. With that in mind, I introduced the bill so the governor would have the opportunity to support non-discrimination. Unfortunately, he and his administration sat on their hands and the legislation failed. However, I am re-introducing the same bill again because I believe this is such a very important issue.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Senator McEachin's anti-discrimination commentary
Donald McEachin has a great Op-Ed in today's Richmond Times Dispatch: