VA Sets Clock Back for Gay State Workers
David Badesh, March 5, 2010What is especially troubling is that where we are seeing the LGBTQ community gain a modicum of equality, conservatives are hard at work stripping us of those advances as hard as they possibly can. These calculated and targeted anti-gay rights actions are proof. Virginia gay workers are not the only ones losing ground, merely the latest.
The anti-discrimination protections for state workers who are gay in the state of Virginia have been stripped away days after newly-elected Governor Bob McDonnell took office.
A new state policy that specifically removed LGBTQ protections was signed into law by McDonnell. The protections were enacted by his predecessor and DNC chair Tim Kaine.
David Badash of "The New Civil Rights Movement" points out that gay state workers in Virginia were protected from being fired for being gay one day, and the next day, this protection had vanished.
Badash points out that what is so very troubling is the fact that some conservatives have been intent on setting back the clock for gays nationally: From Referendum Question One which repealed gay marriage in the state of Maine, to losses in New Jersey and New York, gays have been "under attack" at a time when the nation , it had been hoped, was unifying on at least this issue.
Badash warns the gay community, that 8 months from now, a very different America will come into being.
Now, McDonnell, who was the Attorney General before becoming Governor, has inspired the new Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli II, to further that policy against Virgina gay state workers. The Washington Post reports,
“Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has asked the state’s public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing in a letter sent to each school Thursday that their boards of visitors have no legal authority to adopt such statements.
“In the letter, Cuccinelli (R) wrote that only the General Assembly can extend legal protections to gay state employees — a move the legislature has repeatedly declined to take, including as recently as this week.
“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,” he wrote.”
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