Saturday, March 06, 2010

VA attorney general suspends sexual orientation protections within VA's colleges and universities, citing lack of legal authority

The front page of the Washington Post on Saturday March 6 carries what seems to me a shocking story, by Rosalind S. Helderman, “Virginia: Attorney General asks colleges to end policies that shield gays”, link here.

The story relates a letter by James Cuccinnelli that only the General Assembly can extend protections to state employees and students based on sexual orientation, an idea that the legislature has not taken up. Recently, Gov. McDonnell (R) rewrote the state employees non-discrimination policies without mentioning sexual orientation.

Psychologically and maybe even legally, if the military were to lift “don’t ask don’t tell” a better example would be set for many civilian areas (like teachers).

This issue is important to me personally because of my expulsion from the College of William and Mary on Nov. 28, 1961 for admitting, under pressure, “latent homosexuality” to the Dean of Men when called in during the Thanksgiving weekend. That incident is covered on the “Bill Boushka” blog Nov. 28, 2006.

All this reminds me of the quibbling behavior of the US Solicitor General during the Bush administrations over sexual orientation and federal employees.

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