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    McDonnell is a flip flopper though this is one time I'm glad for it. i hope all the Dems who will be working on Congressional campaigns here in VA take note of this as potential ammo against the Republicans in Nov.

    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. After promising a "fair and inclusive" administration in his inaugural address, Kaine (D) added veterans to the non-discrimination policy - and sexual orientation.

    McDonnell's office sent along this memo from his chief of staff that they have suggested to reporters prevents any and all discrimination. It reads, in part:

       It shall be the policy of the office of the Governor to ensure equal opportunity in the workplace, encourage excellence by rewarding achievement based on merit, and prohibit discrimination for any reason. Hiring, promotion, discipline and termination of employees shall be based on qualifications, performance and results.

    TPMDC- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Rolls Back Non-Discrimination Protections For Gay State Workers

    The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

    by ferallike on Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 04:42:27 PM PST

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