3.08.2010

Second verse, same as the first

Republicans. Republicans, Republicans, Republicans. Just when I think you hit the bottom of the barrel, it seems you decide to lift up the barrel and start digging underneath it.

Via TPM:
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Last month, McDonnell, a socially conservative Republican, rescinded an executive order, promulgated by the previous governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, that prohibited discrimination against gay state workers.

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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.

4 comments:

  1. *sigh* That is just stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. What can I say?

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  2. Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn comes out after a DUI in his government vehicle, and says, "The best way to handle that is to be truthful and to say to my constituents and all who care that I am gay," he said. "But I don't think it's something that has affected, nor will it affect, how I do my job."
    So it won't affect how you do your job, but it affects every other gay American's work? Come on. So now the only gay people who should have equal rights are gay Republican senators who hate other gay people?

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  3. Well, he's just serving the desires of his constituents. Because if there's any group that wants to rid itself of crippling protections of gays and lesbians, it's colleges and universities.

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  4. the schools lack the legal authority to ban anti-gay discrimination? OK, lets throw out every school's code of conduct now. Is cheating on an exam against the Law? No, so I should be able to cheat, or eat in a classroom, or watch a movie on my computer during class. And at Virginia Military Institute, telling a student to drop and give them 20 is theft for sure.

    Wow, just wow.
    For once, I absolutely agree with gj. So so stupid.

    charo

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