Thanks to all who voted on November 5, we will start 2014 with a pro-LGBT governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general! Congratulations to Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring. (Updated November, 2013)
The next four years could be a crucial turning point for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians. With supportive leadership from the top down here in the Commonwealth, this positive change can build momentum for ending workplace discrimination, gaining marriage equality, extending adoption rights, and protecting our LGBT youth.
Equality Virginia’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsements for Virginia’s statewide races today. Click here now to help us spread the word across the state and get these candidates in office.
Terry McAuliffe, Governor
McAuliffe spoke at Equality Virginia’s 2013 Commonwealth Dinner reaffirming his support for marriage equality.
“I believe everyone should be treated fairly. I personally favor civil marriage for committed couples of the same-sex. I understand that this is an issue that Virginians of goodwill come down on both sides of and it is an issue where, like many Virginians, my views have changed from earlier in my life.”
As Governor of Virginia, he will be committed to putting jobs first — which also means providing an inclusive workplace environment to LGBT employees in state government to keep the Commonwealth a competitive place to do business. He has promised to reinstate an executive order last issued by Gov. Kaine to protect Virginians from discrimination in the workplace.
Ralph Northam, Lieutenant Governor
Sen. Northam scored 100% on Equality Virginia Advocate’s 2013 Legislative Scorecard and is a longstanding ally in the General Assembly. Northam is a supporter of marriage equality and workplace protections.
“There is no excuse to discriminate against Virginians based on whom they love or to stigmatize the children of same-sex couples as unequal because their parents cannot marry. I recently met with a constituent who broke down in tears because his gay son’s love would be treated as second-class. This discrimination and callousness must end. We must cherish and promote all Virginia families and children across the Commonwealth. That is why I will continue to fight for marriage equality.”
Mark Herring, Attorney General
Sen. Herring has a longstanding record of supporting and voting in favor of equality in the General Assembly and scored a 100% in Equality Virginia Advocate’s 2013 Legislative Scorecard.
His Equality Agenda shows how he will address LGBT issues in the role of Attorney General and is directly in line with Equality Virginia’s three-fold mission to protect families, build safer communities, and end discrimination.
“As I travel across the Commonwealth, the message is consistent and clear: Virginians are ready for fundamental change in the office of Attorney General. That change starts with having an Attorney General who will promote equality, rather than sow division.”
We have a lot of work to do before November.
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