Equality is one of the foundational principles of America — that “all men are created equal” — and Tim has spent his life trying to even the playing field for all people. Tim began his career as a civil rights lawyer, defending people who’d faced racial discrimination from banks, landlords, real estate firms, and local governments. During his time as Governor, he promoted equal protection by banning discrimination against state employees on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation, veteran status or disability.
Tim knows that diversity and inclusion strengthen our communities. That’s why he has been outspoken in opposing President Trump’s agenda to ban Muslims from entering America, deport millions of people who only know America as home, and empower white nationalists who would take Virginia and America backwards. He knows that even though marriage equality is the law of the land, LGBTQ Americans still face many battles in the fight for equality: that’s why he’s fighting to pass workplace protections for LGBTQ citizens, so that no Virginian ever loses their job again because of their sexuality or sexual orientation. He’s been a proud champion of voting rights, sponsoring legislation to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and working to expand early voting and access to the ballot box for all Virginians.