Another student took aim at the attorney general’s advice concerning homosexual people.
“I’m sure you are aware of a letter that was sent to state universities regarding discrimination policies based on sexual orientation,” a student said to Cuccinelli. “How is that not a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment?” the student asked.
“I know about it,” Cuccinelli replied. “I signed the letter. It was legal advice we gave to universities that was consistent with what five attorneys general before me had given.
“State universities are not free to create any specially protected classes other than those dictated by the General Assembly,” Cuccinelli said.
“Your question is, why is that not a violation of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause. Frankly, the category of sexual orientation would never have been contemplated by the people who wrote and voted for and passed the 14th Amendment,” he said.
The letter sent in March recommended that sexual orientation be removed from university non-discrimination policies.
In the state of Virginia, it is currently legal to deny housing to individuals or couples because they are LGBTQ. Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) hopes to change that with House Bill 1454, which would make discrimination in housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity illegal. As it stands, neither federal nor state housing laws [...]