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Bid To Revive VA Bill Shielding Gay Workers Fails

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The final bid to revive a bill that would protect gay state employees from job discrimination has failed.
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The final bid to revive a bill that would protect gay state employees from job discrimination has failed.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A final bid to revive a bill that would protect gay state employees from job discrimination has failed.

Del. Ken Plum, D-Fairfax, asked the House on Tuesday to discharge the panel in charge of the bill when it was sidetracked, the General Laws Committee, and bring the bill before the full House. But on a 55-42 vote, the House rejected Plum's effort.

The bill would write into state law prohibitions against discriminating against state employees on the basis of sexual orientation.

The legislation was offered after Gov. Bob McDonnell omitted gays from an executive order banning workplace discrimination.

McDonnell said such an issue was a legislative prerogative, not an executive one.

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