bobmcdonnell0902Elections have consequences, and Virginia’s election of Gov. Bob McDonnell is clearly illustrating that point.

The conservative Republican has issued an executive order banning discrimination in state hiring, but he pointedly stripped out existing language mentioning sexual orientation, according to HRC Back Story:

His new order, which includes all previously protected categories including race, sex, religion and age – but not the previously protected category of sexual orientation – was signed on Feb. 5, but was first reported on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Current attorney general Ken Cuccinelli supports Gov. McDonell’s legal reasoning. The Governor has released a policy he recently sent to staff members and Cabinet secretaries indicating that his office would not discriminate “for any reason,” but his message could hardly be clearer: discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is not prohibited.

This is a sad step backward for state workers.