As the Democratic National Convention 2016 gets underway, events are being held all around the host city, Philadelphia, PA. Among those events is a kickoff party thrown by Brian Sims, an openly gay representative from PA, which featured Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe who offered some words of support going into the week:
“We’re going to make history Tuesday night when we nominate the first woman in history of the USA to be President,” said McAuliffe to resounding applause from the crowd. He spoke of his initial election which pit him against the neo-conservative state Attorney Ken Cuccinelli.
“He said it publicly that it should be a crime to be gay in Virginian,” he said. Cuccinelli never quite used those words, but McAuliffe could have been referencing Cuccinelli’s fight to keep sodomy illegal in the Commonwealth after he failed to fix the law in the senate. The failed fix left several people charge with inaccurate sex crimes off the hook and unable to prosecute.
McAuliffe went on to say he was proud of his first executive order which provided protections to LGBTQ state employees, and how such a move helped grow the state economically.
“I’ve make Virginia open and welcoming to everyone,” he said. “I wont tolerate any intolerance against anyone.”
He also mentioned vetoing bills brought by conservative legislature, his superlative as the first Southern governor to perform gay marriage.
“When you treat people with respect, and you make your state open and welcoming to everybody, everybody benefits,” he said. “If you make your state open and welcoming your economy thrives and your state continues to grow.
“People must understand that even as we face daily harassment, tragic violence, and an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ political attacks across the country, we are real people merely seeking to be treated with the dignity and respect every person deserves.”