In yet another example that elections have consequences and not always pleasant ones, right wing Virginia Attorney General Cuccinnelli, seems to see his election as an opportunity to further rollback civil rights for gays and lesbians in the state. In an action diametrically opposed to the VA state slogan “Virginia is for lovers”, the AG has sent letters to all of the public universities and colleges telling them to eliminate and dismantle any policies with respect to banning job discrimination for gay and lesbian employees reports the Washington Post.
Given the Equal Opportunity Policy of the University of Virginia states they comply with”the Governor’s Executive Order on Equal Opportunity” (see below and here, bold and italics added) or in the case of this new Governor executive order eliminating opportunity, I suspect that legally they’ll have a battle on this one.
“The University of Virginia is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. To fulfill this commitment, the University administers its programs, procedures and practices without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation or veteran status, and operates both affirmative action and equal opportunity programs, consistent with resolutions of the Board of Visitors and with federal and state requirements, including the Governor’s Executive Order on Equal Opportunity.
Zach posted earlier about how the Governor had taken action against state employees, now the Attorney General has elevated the attack further with this action directed at the public universities and colleges.
This should be enough reason for recognition that it is time to enact the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, so that the bigotry of the majority in places like VA can not intrude on the rights of the minority.
What kind of roll-backs would we expect to see from a GOP Governor like Scott Walker or Mark Neumann, neither of which have been very gay friendly or supportive?