Celebrating an Equal Virginia for the LGBTQ Community

In recent years, thanks in large part to the advocates and activists who continue pushing for progress, Virginia has seen significant advances for LGBTQ rights, including the realization of marriage equality for all our citizens. But there’s much more work that needs to be done. Too many fundamental protections for Virginians remain dependent on who controls the Governor’s house instead of being enshrined. Sadly, employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation is still legal in the Commonwealth — meaning a couple could get married on Sunday, but lose their job or apartment on Monday. As Governor, I will work with the General Assembly to pass legislation codifying non-discrimination in housing and employment.

I was proud to vote to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in Congress, and to support the fight for marriage equality at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  As Governor, I will stand firm against any attempts to overturn the progress we’ve made toward full equality, whether those emanate from the General Assembly or the White House. Hate and discrimination are not Virginia values. As Governor, I will be ready to veto discriminatory legislation and to use the powers of the office to defend against national attacks on LGBTQ rights.