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.
It would be bad to prevent LGBT Americans from being legally protected in the first place, but it’s far, far worse to strip them of protections they already have, which is what McDonnell just did.
Then again, this shouldn’t surprise anyone–back during the campaign, Bob McDonnell’s law school thesis gave us a window into his radical right-wing views. There was no evidence that McDonnell had changed any of his views since then–in fact, he pushed those same beliefs while serving in VA’s legislature–and this just confirms how much of a right-wing ideologue he truly is.
The good news is that McDonnell is limited to only one term in office. The bad news is that he has only just begun to wage war against American values.