Ensuring a More Inclusive, Open and Welcoming Virginia - Terry McAuliffe


Ensuring a More Inclusive, Open and Welcoming Virginia

Every human being deserves to be treated equally, live free from fear, and thrive regardless of who they are or who they love. As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will continue to ensure Virginia remains open and welcoming to all. 

That means ensuring that no person can be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love and ending disparities in public safety, health care, education and the workplace.

As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry worked tirelessly to build an inclusive Commonwealth that is open and welcoming to all. On his first day in office, Terry signed Executive Order 1, which prohibited discrimination against any LGBTQ+ state employee. He was also the first southern Governor in the nation to officiate a gay wedding.

As Governor, Terry made it crystal clear he would veto every piece of legislation that came across his desk that discriminated against LGBTQ+ people or undermine the constitutional rights of any Virginian. And he delivered on that promise, vetoing multiple so-called “religious freedom” bills that would have shielded groups who actively discriminate against same-sex couples from civil liability, and vetoing a bill that would have protected local elected officials who violated the law by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

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