I will make sure that every single individual in the Commonwealth of Virginia is treated fair and equal.
McAuliffe made the promise during a post-election press conference, according to the Human Rights Campaign. HRC spokesman Marty Rouse reacted to the news.
In his first day as Governor-elect, Terry McAuliffe has declared a new day for LGBT equality in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Inclusion and equality won in yesterday’s election, while the politics of hate and discrimination were soundly defeated. We look forward to working with the governor-elect on moving Virginia forward.
McAuliffe defeated the rabidly anti-gay Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine signed the order in 2006. Cuccinelli encouraged state universities to abandon non-discrimination policies, when he wasn’t comparing marriage equality to polygamy, the HRC reported.
Kaine ignored Cuccinelli’s warning the order was unconstitutional. Kaine’s successor, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, rescinded the order. Kaine shared his rationale for the order.
I’m not going to tell my Cabinet secretaries and agency heads that they are now free to discriminate.
McDonnell, who’d become governor in 2010, made his position clear.
He is not free to set a policy on his own that is beyond the scope of that which has been authorized by the General Assembly.
The defeat of Republican E.W. Jackson was another victory for Virginia’s LGBT community. Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Jackson, an anti-gay African-American minister, in the race for lieutenant governor, according to a .Huffington Post election story.
Other Huffington Post reporting highlights some of Jackson’s “profound” statements about the LGBT community. It includes coverage of a 2011 video. Jackson is a former Marine.
How in the world can we expect our military to be blessed by the hand of Almighty God if we allow our military to become the equivalent of Sodom and Gomorrah?
Liberal America writer Jason Carson Wilson is a Chicago-based freelance writer with more than 10 years of journalism experience. Wilson previously worked as a staff writer for daily and weekly newspapers throughout downstate Illinois. He also contribute to the Windy City Times. Wilson, a gay, African-American, is a first-year Chicago Theological Seminary student . He covers stories about GLBT rights, human rights, marriage equality, politics, race and religion.