ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN CUCCINELLI TAKES A STAND

Because displaying their “tolerance” is their favorite recreation, it has become a national story. Nonetheless, the Washington Post has run most of the stories.  Here is an example.

Campus activists across Virginia put spring break on hold Monday to mobilize against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, who has riled student groups with a letter advising public universities to retreat from their policies against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (continued here)

What was in this letter?  Here (Cuccinelli) is a link to it. This paragraph gets to the crux of it.

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.

In other words, the Attorney General reminded the Presidents, Rectors, and Visitors of Virginia’s Public Colleges and Universities that they do not have lawmaking authority.  Duh! 

Unfortunately,  the immature and the radicals saw proper advice from the Attorney General as cause to demonstrate and display temper tantrums. That in and of itself speaks volumes about our public education system. Worse, our new governor saw the demonstrations as cause to equivocate (Republican governor as gay rights defender: a sign of the times?).  So now Liberal Democrats are pressing for legislation.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he’s done enough to protect gay state employees from discrimination in the workplace.

Rejecting Democratic demands that he seek last-minute legislation to add anti-bias safeguards to state law, McDonnell yesterday said his public pledge to oppose prejudice and fire those guilty of it is sufficient.

“I believe that takes care of it,“ said McDonnell, ducking a question on whether he chose not to press legislation to avoid angering his conservative Republican base.

The Democrat-dominated Virginia Senate endorsed a measure to include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. The proposal died in the GOP-controlled House of Delegates.

McDonnell this week issued an “executive directive” extending largely symbolic protections to gay public employees.

He was forced to act because of the furor over an opinion by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that there is no legal basis for the state’s public colleges to protect gay students and employees from bias based on sexual orientation. (continued here)

If Conservatives want Gov. Bob McDonnell to show a little more spine, they must put one into him. Please let the governor know how you feel about special rights for homosexuals. Please visit this link

Conservatives may also wish to congratulate our new Attorney General for having the courage to do his job. Please visit this link.

–Tom Salmon

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