Rabid anti-gay Virginia AG not giving in

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is not giving in on removing sexual orientation from the non-discrimination policies of the state universities.

We reported that Cuccinelli ordered the Virginia state universities to remove language from their policies and that Gov. Robert McDonnell reversed that decision with his own order.

According to the Washington Post, McDonnell issued an executive directive, which is not legally binding. Cuccinelli said that state law doesn’t cover sexual orientation and only the General Assembly can change that.

Equality Virginia called on the governor to appoint a special counsel to enforce his directive and to push for changes to the state’s law.

—  David Taffet

Va. governor reverses attorney general on anti-gay discrimination

Gov. Robert McDonnell
Gov. Robert McDonnell

A week after Ken Cuccinelli, the new Republican attorney general of Virginia, directed state universities to eliminate sexual orientation from their nondiscrimination policies, the new Republican governor, Robert F. McDonnell, has stepped into the controversy.

He has issued an executive order that replaces one he issued last month. This time he included sexual orientation. He said:

“We will not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other basis that’s outlawed under state or federal law or the Constitution, and if it is reported, then I will take action, from reprimand to termination, to make sure that does not occur. I believe this properly takes care of it and assures the good people of Virginia that we will absolutely not have discrimination in this state.”

—  David Taffet