They’ve Gone Too Far
The impunity with which Virginia’s state government is acting against its LGBT citizens is breathtaking.
First, Governor McDonnell refuses to include LGBT state workers in his executive order against discrimination in state government.
Then a House of Delegates Subcommittee kills Senate Bill 66, which would have prohibited such discrimination (and Governor McDonnell refused to take a position on the bill, despite assertions during the fall campaign that he is against discrimination).
Finally, Attorney General Ken Cucchinelli issues a legal opinion saying the state-supported colleges and universities must erase their existing policies banning such discrimination.
This all happens in less than one week!
Virginia LGBT folks are used to government pretending we don’t exist most of the time–except when they pass constitutional amendments guaranteeing we have no route to legal recognition of our families. Such ignorance is not welcome.
But all this attention now is even less welcome. It feels like a concerted effort to make sure we know that our government leaders hold their noses when they think of us.
The truth is that their actions do not pass the “smell test”–that is, when it smells like pandering, talks like pandering, and looks like such pandering, then it must be pandering . . . to the extreme Religious Right.
The Governor and Attorney General have done us a big favor. We can discard the illusion Governor McDonnell has tried to present, that he would be the governor of all Virginians.
Let there be protests, meetings, all sorts of action–and Virginia will know that her LGBT citizens are tired of being shoved around, that we aren’t going to take it any more.
To start, write the Governor, telling him to change direction and support SB 66.
And also sign Equality Virginia’s petition for employment protection.
And watch GayRVA and other media for more opportunities to stand up and be counted.
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is pastor at Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond. He is also President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.
Rev. Dr. Robin H. Gorsline is President of People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, an interfaith organization of gay and straight clergy and lay people working for equality for LGBT Virginians. Read more of his thoughts on faith and spirituality on his personal blog.
The color of my skin, my ability to “pass” as straight, afford me privileges that many of my LGBTQIA friends and family simply don’t have.January 24, 2017
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