A week after Ken Cuccinelli, the new Republican attorney general of Virginia, directed state universities to eliminate sexual orientation from their nondiscrimination policies, the new Republican governor, Robert F. McDonnell, has stepped into the controversy.
He has issued an executive order that replaces one he issued last month. This time he included sexual orientation. He said:
“We will not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other basis that’s outlawed under state or federal law or the Constitution, and if it is reported, then I will take action, from reprimand to termination, to make sure that does not occur. I believe this properly takes care of it and assures the good people of Virginia that we will absolutely not have discrimination in this state.”