McDonnell, a U.S. Army veteran, served in Virginia’s House of Delegates and later, as attorney general, focused on policies that resulted in a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for violent child sex predators, increased penalties for drug dealers and those that protected Virginians from terrorist threats, safeguarded private property rights, reduced frivolous lawsuits and made Virginia a national leader in combating internet crimes and identity theft.
Not everyone is excited to hear the news. Students in protest and support took to the university’s Facebook page. A few of the comments:
My only question is this: Will the LGBT faculty, staff and students, people whose rights and protection Gov. McDonnell has worked so hard to deny, be expected to applaud and cheer him at the end of his speech?
I thought VCU was committed to diversity and protecting the LGBTQ students, faculty and staff?! I was excited to be graduating and want to attend the ceremonies, but this is too much. McDonnell’s presence at our celebration is completely …
So disrespectful are these comments about the Governor of Virginia, no matter what your political views may be…talk about tacky.
I don’t think that it is tacky to express our opinions on the matter. Yes, some comments could have been worded with a little more thought, but many VCU students did not vote for Bob McDonnell and are hurt/offended by his views; as well as…
When you book a politician as keynote speaker, you unfortunately run the risk of having a lot of people disappointed/upset, no matter what their political party. Unfortunately, someone didn’t look at the views of the students before booking McDonnell. Mistake.
This month, VCU’S College of Humanities and Sciences is hosting a speakers series titled, “Celebrating Forty Years of LGBTQ Activism” to commemorate the court decision that allowed for VCU’s first queer student organization to exist on campus. This Thursday, Dr. Marc Stein of San Francisco State University, will give the second lecture in the series [...]