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Executive order to combat discrimination in state contractors in Virginia

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Staff Writer | Thursday January 5, 2017 2:40PM ET
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Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Order 61, which will advance the cause of equality in Virginia.

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It is requiring all future state contractors with the Executive Branch to agree to a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This action builds on Executive Order Number 1 by extending the same protections offered to state employees to the employees of contractors that do business with the Commonwealth.

"As my first act as Governor, I signed Executive Order 1 to ban discrimination in the state workforce based on sexual orientation, take divisive social issue battles off the table and help build an open and welcoming economy," said Governor McAuliffe.

Starting today, the Commonwealth of Virginia will not do business with entities that discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

"Virginia is home to the best state workforce in the country and this policy will ensure there is no question that all Virginians are to receive the full benefits of their citizenship, without regard to their sexual orientation or gender identity."


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