Virginia Is For [Straight] Lovers: Virginia Attorney General Orders Colleges and Universities To Lift Ban on Discrimination Against Gays and Lesbians

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has not wasted time carrying out his conservative social agenda. He has sent a letter to the state’s public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — advising them that they have no authority to ban such discrimination.

Cuccinelli (R) told the colleges and universities that only the General Assembly can extend legal protections to gay state employees, students and others. The letter states: “It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification as a protected class within its non-discrimination policy absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.”

This could result in a serious confrontation between the state and the schools.

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107 thoughts on “Virginia Is For [Straight] Lovers: Virginia Attorney General Orders Colleges and Universities To Lift Ban on Discrimination Against Gays and Lesbians”

  1. Byron:

    Common sense, it seems, has returned to the Office of the AG, if only for a time.

  2. Mespo:

    you will be happy to know that KC has lifted the ban, the shield is off the breast and it has been set free.

    Your vigilance has been rewarded.

  3. EC,

    From spending a lot of time in Kansas City and Topeka I’ll say that what you’ve read about tolerance in KS is essentially true. Westboro’s Hate Brigade are widely considered an embarrassment to the state by people from all walks of life. When one mentions Westboro in conversation up there (for example at a party or after work drink) someone inevitably mutters “Jackasses” or “Freaks”. And this sentence always makes its way into the conversation: “I really just wish they’d go away.”

    Kansas may have a lot of right wing nitwits, but Kansans are generally not homophobes in the metropolitan areas. Out in western Kansas it may be a different story, but KC/Topeka/Wichita are all fairly live and let live.

    Now this used to not be the case. I recall when I was a child (the 70’s) a park in KC (technically in Missouri) frequented by gay men after hours as a cruising spot was on the news frequently for reports of drunks from Westport and the Plaza going out to “roll some queers”. But times change. They always do. Sometimes they bring a good change.

  4. Mespo:

    thanks for posting that, what a load he must be. These people are something else. Let the theocracy begin. First they came for titties and then they came for beer . . .

    The left doesn’t like cigars or trans-fat and now the right doesn’t like sex. What is left?

  5. From the “Kook Kuccinelli Kollection:”

    Not content to anger GLBT citizens, environmentally conscious citizens, uninsured citizens, and thinking citizens, ol’ General Ken is now angering Roman goddesses. As many know, the Roman goddess Virtus adorns the Great Seal of Virginia that was standardized in 1776 by a committee led by legislative lightweights such as George Wythe, George Mason, Robert Carter Nicholas, and Richard Henry Lee.

    Perverts all according to prudish Ken who is appalled that women have breasts and has decided to redo the seal to cover up the offending mammary. Virtus now wears something akin to a Redskin jersey and she proclaims “Sic Semper Tyrannis.” Poor Ken must have not been breast fed, or he’s gone the way of Ashcroft and become a misogynist. Either way we get the “Tyrannis Anus” for Attorney General. I just knew this guy was going to be a disaster!

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