This year, as I have done repeatedly, I will introduce the State Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the General Assembly. This bill would ensure that Virginians cannot be fired from state jobs, or passed over for promotion, simply because of who they are. It targets discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as well as many other different kinds of prejudice.
Today, Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, issued this statement on the pending retirement of Senator John Watkins (R-Powhatan). Senator McEachin said, “I have been fortunate to serve alongside Senator Watkins in the last seven years since I was elected to the Virginia Senate. He is the true epitome of a statesman and a Virginia gentleman, always doing what he truly believes is right for the Commonwealth. Although we do not always agree, Senator Watkins is always cordial, open to new ideas and willing to work with anyone to benefit Virginia.
HENRICO – Senator A. Donald McEachin (D – Henrico) today released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today to decline review of Bostic, fully opening the door to marriage equality in Virginia:
“I am very pleased and excited that gay Virginians will now be able to marry. This is a significant step forward in achieving justice and fairnessfor all.
Henrico – Today, Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) released this statement on the recent steps Governor McAuliffe has taken to facilitate restoration of rights. Senator McEachin said, “I would like to commend Governor McAuliffe for the progress has made in the vexing issue of rights restoration. Former Governor McDonnell initiated some improvement in this area, but Governor McAuliffe has significantly built on that to ensure we continue to move in the correct direction.