Governor McAuliffe Comes to Harrison/Small to Sign Executive Order Barring Discrimination

On January 15th, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe—visiting UVA for a retreat at the Frank Batten School of Leadership—chose the auditorium of the Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library to sign Executive Order 61. The new rule requires that future state contracting prohibit “discrimination in employment, subcontracting, and delivery of goods and services, including discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The governor alluded to the negative impact on North Carolina’s economy of that state’s “bathroom bill” that prevents transgender people from using public restrooms that do not “correspond with the sex on their birth certificates,” saying such laws are “not just wrong; they are job killers.”

For more, read the article “At UVA, Governor Signs Non-Discrimination Order for State Contractors” (UVA Today, 1/5/2017), and see video of the governor’s remarks and the signing ceremony.

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