Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed a job protections order that includes sexual orientation, but not gender identity.

Kasich faced criticism for allowing a previous order, signed by Democratic Governor Ted Strickland, that covered both sexual orientation and gender identity to expire.

The Republican signed his new order on January 21, Cleveland-based bi-weekly Gay People's Chronicle reported.

The new order bans workplace discrimination in state employment based on several factors, including sexual orientation.

The paper noted that Kasich signed the order on a Friday and without much fanfare.

Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols would not specifically address why gender identity was dropped from the order.

“The governor is opposed to discrimination in state employment and has made that clear in this executive order in the way that he feels is most appropriate,” Nichols told the paper in an email.

Nichols declined to comment when the paper asked, “So by that you mean the governor does not feel it is appropriate to protect transgender state employees from employment discrimination?”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has urged the governor to reconsider.