The administration of Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is doubling down on its anti-gay reputation, telling the state's colleges and universities to scrap policies that ban discrimination against gay employees.
In a letter to the state's institutions of higher learning, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli argues that the schools lack the legal authority to ban anti-gay discrimination, because only the state legislature can do so, the Washington Post reported over the weekend. That's a step that the GOP-controlled legislature recently declined to take.
Last month, McDonnell, a socially conservative Republican, rescinded an executive order, promulgated by the previous governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, that prohibited discrimination against gay state workers.
All of Virginia's largest schools, according to the Post, have policies that prohibit anti-gay discrimination. But Cuccinelli wrote that they have done so "without proper authority" and urged them to "take appropriate actions to bring their policies in conformance with the law and public policy of Virginia."
Once again, we see why I would rather vote for a tranquilized spider monkey than just about any Republican. While the Democrats are a frequently pathetic, ineffectual lot, I sincerely believe they intend to do right by gays and lesbians. Meanwhile, the Republicans are transparently devoted, not only to preventing improvement for the lives of people like me, but to actually making things worse.