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George Mason board adopts resolution to "reaffirm" gay policy

Rosalind Helderman

The George Mason University Board of Visitors met today to consider its response to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's recent letter instructing the university it did not have authority to include protections for gays in itsr nondiscrimination policy.

The visitors met in closed executive session, so we cannot give you a full description of the discussion. However, Dan Walsch, a spokesman for the university, said the school's existing nondiscrimination policy, which included reference to sexual orientation, will remain in place. The visitors also adopted the following resolution designed, Walsch said, to "reaffirm" the existing policy.


Whereas, a diverse and inclusive learning environment that respects and enhances the potential of all members of our community is vitally important to the mission of George Mason University to achieve excellence in teaching, research, and service; and

Whereas, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty, students, administrators and staff make outstanding contributions to the accomplishment of the university mission; and

Whereas, the Governor of the Commonwealth has affirmed that discrimination based upon factors such as one's sexual orientation or parental status violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution; and

Whereas, all employees and students of the Commonwealth deserve statutory protection against discrimination;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Board of Visitors of George Mason University that it remains deeply committed to equal treatment of all persons in their dealings with the university in any and all contexts.

Adopted: March 24, 2010
William Soza, Secretary
Board of Visitors

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 24, 2010; 7:04 PM ET
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Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. Those 18-20 are also adults. George Mason University is doing the correct thing by reaffirming their policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity after the intolerant state attorney general said that universities and colleges can't make their own rules regarding nondiscrimination.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | March 24, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

This echoes what we've constantly been told since Cuccinelli's letter leaked to the public. I'm not too surprised.

Posted by: krloker | March 24, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Good for them.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 25, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I would expect no less from an American Institution of Higher Learning. Cuccinelli might think discrimination is legal in some cases, but it is never morally right and he should be ashamed.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 25, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Good for them! All of our citizens should enjoy equal rights and protections. Trolls like Cuchinelli have no place in govt.

Posted by: lsf07 | March 25, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

It's always refreshing to see higher education triumph over the homophobic wants of a simpleton like Cuchinelli or a phony like McDonnell.

Posted by: RosslynSack | March 25, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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