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Posted at 7:30 PM ET, 02/15/2011

House panel kills bill to add legal protections for gay state employees

By Rosalind S. Helderman
Rosalind S. Helderman

A House of Delegates subcommittee has killed a proposal to write legal protections for gay state employees into Virginia law.

The same GOP-led panel killed similar legislation last year. Democrats had pushed the bill hard this year, in part in response to a letter that Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) delivered to colleges and universities last year instructing them that, in the absence of a decision by the General Assembly to write protections for gays into law, they could not include language dealing with sexual orientation in their campus non-discrimination policies.

After Cuccinelli's letter sparked a firestorm, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) issued a executive directive outlining that the state does not discriminate, including on the grounds of sexual orientation, and that employees who violate the policy can be disciplined.

Opponents of the bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond), argue that there is little evidence gay state workers face discrimination and that the governor's executive directive provides sufficient protections. Proponents note that without a change in law, employees cannot sue if they have faced discrimination.

"I can't pretend it's a surprise," McEachin said of the vote. "It's still a disappointment."

The same subcommittee also killed a bill that would have allowed public colleges and universities to offer employees the ability to extend their health coverage to their unmarried partners, including gay partners.


By Rosalind S. Helderman  | February 15, 2011; 7:30 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Comments

Stay classy, America!

Posted by: BillJ4321 | February 15, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I was there. Both bills went down largely due to the work of Delegate Carrico, R-Independence, who rolled his eyes throughout some very personal testimonies from GLBT Virginians. Very unprofessional and very disheartening.

Posted by: erinrwhite | February 16, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

As Maryland moves forward on equality, Virginia goes backwards.

Posted by: MarilynManson | February 16, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

correction
As Maryland moves banrupt and wastes time on things that don't help their economy, Virginia continues to prosper

Posted by: WhatBubble | February 16, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

If sexual orientation is not protected against discrimination in theory someone could also be fired for being heterosexual. It would be interesting to see the resulting firestorm if someone lost their job for being straight. I bet that law would change really fast!

Posted by: twb6yz | February 16, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

WhatBubble:

Virginia (14.8%) is slightly worse off than Maryland (12.2%):

http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=711

Posted by: CGDB | February 16, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

correction
As Maryland moves banrupt and wastes time on things that don't help their economy, Virginia continues to prosper

Posted by: WhatBubble
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CGDB already provided numbers showing WhatBubble's comments to be nonsense but I'd also add that the engine of the Virginia economy is Northern VA which is no where near as conservative as the rest of the state, in fact that area has a liberal streak to it. Without NoVa the rest of Virgina might as well be West Virginia.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | February 16, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

correction
As Maryland moves banrupt and wastes time on things that don't help their economy, Virginia continues to prosper

Posted by: WhatBubble
--------------
CGDB already provided numbers showing WhatBubble's comments to be nonsense but I'd also add that the engine of the Virginia economy is Northern VA which is no where near as conservative as the rest of the state, in fact that area has a liberal streak to it. Without NoVa the rest of Virgina might as well be West Virginia.

Posted by: 6thsense79 | February 16, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Virginia, where we reserve the right to think that the earth is flat....

Posted by: 10bestfan | February 16, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Once again proving that some of the best minds of the 17th century reside in the commonwealth of vagina.

Posted by: dem4life1 | February 16, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, thank goodness! We absolutely MUST preserve our right to scapegoat gay people for all the ills of society. If we can't discriminate against teh gay, who CAN we discriminate against... Republicans?

Posted by: Len_RI1 | February 16, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Virginia, the land time forgot.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 16, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

6thsense...lumping conservative VA with WV is just plan ignorant. Cities in the northern parts of WV ban discrimination based upon sexual orientation. Way to stereotype and discriminate against WV!

Posted by: DCJUSTICE | February 16, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny, last time I checked, the Maryland econ is humming along pretty good, and Virginia econ is pretty bad (With the exception of Northern VA) Maybe NOVA should just Succeed from the rest of VA and join Maryland....and leave the rest of the state to rot in hell.

Posted by: yeayea911 | February 16, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful, marvelous, STUPENDOUS !!!

Posted by: fizzlechip | February 16, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

EVEN THE LADY SAINT (FOR SHE HELPED COUNTLESS MANY) EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER FOUNDATION DOING RESEARCH IN THIS AREA (INTERSEX/XXY) SEX VARIANTS FOR HUMANE CIVIL UNDERSTANDING, WHEN OTHERS IGNORED THE CRY FOR HELP AND REASON, SHE DID NOT

I THANK THE US SENATOR ...JOHN F.. KERRY.. FOR HIS EQUALITIES SUPPORT, FOR IT WAS THE GREAT MASSACHUSSETS COMPROMISE THAT GAVE US ALL THE US CONSTITUTION BILL OF RIGHTS, IN THE FEDERALIST PAPERS, IF HE RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN, I'LL VOLUTEER AGAIN FOR HIS CAUSE

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Posted by: shaiarra | February 16, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

HUMANE CIVILITY EQUALITY MOVEMENT ( HCEM )
IN LIGHT OF THE PUBLIC VOTE IN IOWA etc , THEN PLEASE START TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC AT LARGE TO THESE FACTS THAT MOST DON'T KNOW THROUGH THE MEDIA, BLOGS , UNIVERSITIES, AND HOLLYWOOD, TO STOP THE LIABLE AND INTENT RELIGOUS MISLEADING THE PUBLIC AS A SIN,

THE SAME SEX EQUALITIES MOVEMENT SHOULD FIGHT THIS ALSO ON THE BASIS OF GENETICS

GOOGLE/ WIKIPEDIA/ YOUTUBE: INTERSEX/ XXY MALES IS GENETICS THEREFORE A RACE , SEE SCOTUS 379US184,191 AS ALCHEMY TEXT SAY THERE ARE THREE SEXES MALE-FEMALE-& HERMAPHRODITE CALLED THE REBIS SPICES WHICH IS BOTH THE OLDEST FROM WHICH "ADAM" WAS CREATED AS, AND WHAT MAN WILL BECOME AGAIN, SEE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ON GENETICS PROTECTIONS, AGAIN FORIEGN/ RELIGIOUS LAWS ARE NO EXCUSE TO BE INHUMAN NOR A TERRORIST AND JIM CROW LIKE PERIOD,THEY ARE LIABLE JUST AS THE KKK CASE LAWS, GENETICS


RELIGIOUS INHUMANE DEATH LAWS DOSE NOT PASS THE 14AMEND. EQUAL PROTECTION OF THE LAWS, LAW DOCTRINES OF [RATIONAL BASIS TEST ] 431US471,489 427US307,314, [STRICT SCRUTINY ]403US365, 405US330, 411US1,16-17 , [COMPELLING INTEREST] 394US618,634 AND [SUSPECT CLASSIFICATION ] 411US1,28, RELIGOUS LAWS ARE FORIEGN LAWS, AND THATS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
IMF IRS 501 (3)(c) CHURCH/ TEMPLE LLC CORPORATIONS ARE BOTH LIABLE CRIMINALLY/ CIVIL FOR WHAT THEY TEACH OTHERS PERIOD, JUST LIKE THE ANGLO KKK CASE LAWS ( EQUALITY SUITS )

THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) COVERS BIOLOGICAL GENETIC VARIANTS WITH REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS " INTERSEXED/XXY MALE etc" ARE BIOLOGICAL GENETIC VARIANTS, AND SOONER THAN LATER EVERYONE WILL FALL UNDER THIS DUE TO AGING AND ACCIDENTS ALONE, IN ALL MY BLOGING DEBATE ,NO RELIGOUS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DISPROVE THE GENETIC FACTORS PERIOD, THEREFORE IT'S NOT A CHOICE, JUST AS TANNING IS NOT A CHOICE UV EXPOSURE WILL HAPPEN

Posted by: shaiarra | February 16, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

TO THE JEWS THE SHEKHINAT EIL /ISLAM ALLAT Al-Uzza and Manat. ie (NOTE:FEMININE TERMS)

(SHEKINAH/ASHERAH/ASHERAT/ELOAH ) ARE THE FEMININE (6) TERMS FOR YHVH GOD OF ISRAEL WHOM THE XTIANS CALL THE HOLY GHOST OR HOLY SPIRIT, therefore it's a SHE NOT A HE, :GOOGLE IT OK, SEE IT AND READ IT FOR YOURSELF (=to saying Ms. Mrs. etc.) GOOGLE: SHEKINAH/ ASHERAT, ELOAH ,ALLAT FEMININE TERMS FOR GOD: A MALE WITH FEMININE QUALITIES IS CALLED SAME SEX OF GAY, IF YOU WILL, NO MORE LAME EXCUSES


JEWS/ ISLAM AND XTIAN SEMINARIES KNOW THAT ADAM WAS CREATED AN HERMAPHRODITE (INTESEXED MALE =REBIS/RIBIS ie PHEONIX THE PERFECT DIVINE INTERSEXD CHILD) AND CALLED PERFECT AND GOOD, SURA AL KAYAMA (KORAN) FROM ONE BLOOD HE (ALLAH) MADE HIM (ADAM), AND FROM HIM (ADAM), HE (ALLAH ) MADE BOTH MALE AND FEMALE, GENESIS :EVE CAME OUT OF ADAM, FEMALE IS ALSO THE IMAGE OF YHVH (THE INTERSEXED BEING XX/Y)

Posted by: shaiarra | February 16, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

EVEN BIBLICAL/KORAN etc RECORD THE HERMAPHRODITE ( INTERSEX )BEGINNINGS OF MANKIND, AS WELL AS SCIENCE ie. SURA EL KIYAMA "FROM 1 BLOOD HE (ALLAH) MADE BOTH MALE AND FE-MALE, THE ( YHVH) ADAM AND EVE ie WO-MAN ( WOMB OF MAN SHE WAS TAKEN OUT OF MAN AS ADAM SAID IN GENESIS, IN SCIENCE BOTH X (FE-MALE ie SOFT/LITTLE MALE) AND, Y ( the infinite testes x/y bisexual ) and yet in the First Trimester ALL MALES ARE GENETIC FE-MALES, THE INTERSEX IS A PAST SYMBIOTIC ECHO THAT IN THE 90% Estrogen in Food/ Water/ Air, I.E. THE INTERSEX GENETICS IS NATURAL, NOT A SIN PERIOD.


THE QABBALAH TREE OF LIFE, REPRESENTS THE HERMAPHRADITE YHVH GOD, AND IN NATURE ALL KNOWN TREES/ PLANTS ARE HERMAPHRODITE, AS GENESIS SAYS:" ..IT'S SEED IS IN IT'S SELF..", AND YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT ie 90% OF FOOD/WATER/ AIR HAS FEMALE ESTROGEN IN IT, AND A MALES LIVER HAS THE ENZYME AROMATASE IN IT THAT CONVERTS "SEX CHANGE" TESTOSTERONE INTO ESTROGEN, SO ie WHY WOULD "YHVH GOD" DO THIS? UNLESS INTERSEX IS THE REAL NATURAL STATE,
AS IN GENESIS IT SAYS, BOTH MALE/FE-MALE IS THE IMAGE OF YHVH ELOHYM ,THE BI-SEXUAL BEINGS

Posted by: shaiarra | February 16, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Another year, more business trips to DC.

Another year, still not spending a dime in the Commonwealth of VA.

It's a shame, really. I like Arlington.

Posted by: rmnelson | February 17, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

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