Va. Governor Backtracks, Forbids Gay Discrimination
GOP's McDonnell had eliminated clause
By Will McCahill, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2010 7:35 PM CST
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(Newser) – Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today stepped back from his move that excised discrimination protection for homosexuals from rules on state hiring practice, issuing an executive directive that bias against gays is strictly forbidden in the workplace. McDonnell and state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, a fellow Republican, contend that only the state legislature can set such policy; though today’s action doesn’t make anti-discrimination law, McDonnell says such bias is nevertheless against the Virginia and US constitutions.

However, Marc Ambinder notes, “the executive order—which carries more force—still doesn't include sexual orientation, but McDonnell’s directive instructs the state to treat it as if it did.” The move also included instructions that state colleges adopt anti-bias policies, which looks to the Atlantic blogger to be a “direct repudiation” of Cuccinelli’s order last week that schools strike such language from their books.

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freetoexpress
Mar 13, 2010 11:44 PM CST
I hope the Virginia'a state legislature recognizes that discrimination as it is currently defined in the constitutions is more than enough to protect all citizens. I am sick and tired of all the benefits the gay movement has gained at the expense of my people's brutality of slavery and coattail of civil rights, especially when it comes to African Americans. How dare they try to act as though it is the same. They did not pay their dues with their blood and death on the slave ships, in the chains, or even with the whips across their backs. My ancestors who were born black did. As an African American, I am sick of it. I hope McDonnell and Cuccinelli, and the state legislators stand their ground, and not make any special language to appease gays. If gays want to be treated equally, the law already does that, because it already includes everyone. btw- if anyone thinks I am a "hater" or "bigot," prove it, or better yet get a Websters and read the definition of these words. Just because I disagree, doesn't mean I am a bigot or hater, so don't even go there, because that gay hysteria crap has all played out.
toughstuff
Mar 12, 2010 7:19 AM CST
Too bad.
Charles Martin
Mar 11, 2010 10:23 AM CST
Let's imagine, for a moment, that Gov. Dumbass and his attorney general had issued these orders against Jews, or blacks, rather than gays. Does it hold up as "right" to you? Yeah, not so much. Evidently, some ACTUAL attorney somewhere got the Gov on the phone and explained how court cases work. Suddenly the good ol' boys are backpeddling like mad ...