Virginia Governor Bans State From Contracting With Companies that Discriminate Against LGBT

The state of Virginia won’t be doing business anymore with companies that discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

That’s thanks to an executive order issued yesterday by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

The policy applies to all executive branch contracts, including road-building contracts, but not to contracts entered into by the legislature or the courts.

The order brings the state in line with federal procurement policy, which already prohibits federal contractors from discriminating based on those protected grounds.

However, the order exempts private child-placing agencies. A conscience clause under state law prohibits the state government from denying contracts to adoption agencies that, for religious reasons, refuse to place children with certain people, such as those who are gay.

The executive applies to new contracts valued over $10,000 and any subcontractors whose work reaches that threshold.

The full text of Executive Order 61 is here.

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