Montana Governor Steve Bullock on Monday signed an executive order that prohibits state agencies from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The order also extends to state contractors and subcontractors.

At a press conference, Bullock, a Democrat, said it was time to “recommit” to the values and principles Martin Luther King Jr. fought for: compassion, acceptance and equality.

“Through his actions, Dr. King helped combat discrimination, segregation and intolerance, guiding our nation to the promise of our founding,” Bullock stated. “So, today it is my honor to stand up for Montanans.”

Bullock also encouraged private business owners to “examine their policies as well.”

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, applauded the move.

“Discrimination in any form is wrong, and through his actions today, Governor Bullock has taken a bold step to expand equality and fairness for all,” he said. “We commend him for doing everything in his administrative power to fight for the rights of LGBT Montanans, and hope his actions encourage other government officials to make safeguarding protections for all residents and visitors a priority.”