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Creigh Deeds

Gay rights' surprise ally

There are two interesting things about Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's executive directive this week banning discrimination in the state government's personnel actions on the basis of sexual orientation. The first is that Mr. McDonnell, pilloried during the 2009 campaign for the conservative social views expressed in his graduate thesis, would take such an action at all. And the second is the broad reasoning he used to support it.

Mr. McDonnell gained national attention last fall when his opponent, Democrat Creigh Deeds, started making an issue of the Republican's thesis as a graduate student at Regent University, which, among other things, took a dim view of "cohabitators,...