In an email sent out Valentines Day, Victoria Cobb (top image), President of the Richmond-based Family Foundation, said there was still hope for HB781 and HB385, two bills which target LGBTQs and were killed last week:
The primary excuse for defeating the bills given during the committee meeting was a fear that the legislation could negatively impact a lawsuit in Fairfax county that challenges that county’s school board decision to open school bathrooms to any student regardless of their biological sex. The school board’s policy change came after an Attorney General “opinion” that bypassed decades of Virginia law based on the “Dillon Rule.” The Dillon Rule says that local governments do not have power not granted them by the General Assembly. Since the General Assembly has never granted local governments or school boards the authority to add “sexual orientation or gender identity” to so-called “non-discrimination laws, Fairfax should not have been able to adopt its open bathroom policy.
While the Dillon rule has done plenty to slow down LGBTQ progress in less-rural/more progressive parts of the state, Cobb, the Family Foundation, and Del. Bob Marshall who sponsored the bill in question, all failed to sway a GA subcommittee that they were in the right.
Perhaps more entertaining is Cobb’s lack of legislative understanding – even if she somehow got either bill back before committee, it would still need to be read during three full House floor sessions, and there are only two days left before cross-over which means any and all unheard bills are now dead for the year.
We’ll do a bit more of an exhaustive GA wrap up once the four bills which could affect LGBTQ people get passed or killed, but in the mean time, say a little pray for Cobb and the FF. If we’re lucky, theocratic-rule from the Supreme Court might be a thing of the past with the death of Antonin Scalia – a massive blow for the confused, hate-filled version of the bible Cobb preaches from.