Virginia's Senate has passed a bill that would write into law executive orders by the past two governors that ban bias in the state work force based on sexual orientation.
Sen. Don McEachin's bill advanced from the Democratic-controlled Senate on a nearly party line vote of 23-17. One Republican, Sen. Fred Quayle, joined the Democratic majority.
Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell has not reissued such an order but said Kaine's is still in effect while he studies whether such orders are legal.
The measure faces a tougher fight in the Republican-dominated House.