Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs executive order banning discrimination

As he signs the executive order, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is flanked by former Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Kelly, left, and incoming Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney, right. (AP Photo/Bob Brown, Pool)

Newly inaugurated Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed an executive order prohibiting state discrimination based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation or political affiliation, ABC7’s Jeff Goldberg reports.

During his campaign, McAuliffe repeatedly said his first executive order would be a ban on discrimination against state employees based on their sexual orientation.

Former governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner had also signed similar executive orders, but former governor Bob McDonnell did not.