RICHMOND (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure to prohibit state government from discriminating against employees because of their sexual orientation.
The bill passed on a 24-16 vote Friday.
The proposal has won Senate approval in previous years but has never made it through the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.
Gov. Bob McDonnell sparked previous efforts when he omitted gays from a 2010 executive order banning workplace discrimination. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli later declared that there is no legal ground for protecting gays from discrimination until the General Assembly enacts a law.
McDonnell later said he would not tolerate any discrimination in state government.