Virginia Governor Elect Terry McAuliffe's First Act: Protect State LGBT Workers
Virginia's newly elected democratic governor Terry McAuliffe will waste no time when he takes office. Shortly after being sworn in, Governor Elect McAuliffe says he will issue an executive order to protect state LGBT workers from anti-gay discrimination.
Standing in a state Capitol that’s been tarnished by scandal, McAuliffe reiterated a campaign pledge to sign two executive orders on the day he takes office in January. One would limit the value of any gifts to himself or immediate family to $100.
That pledge is a reaction to the gifts scandal that has consumed outgoing Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), whose family has accepted more than $160,000 in luxury gifts and money described as loans from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., a businessman who also gave Cuccinelli gifts worth more than $18,000. State law allows office-holders to accept gifts of any size as long as they disclose those worth more than $50.
The other executive order, which McAuliffe said he would sign first, will protect state employees, including gays, lesbians and transgender people, from discrimination on the job.