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Virginia Has Just Stripped Gay-Discrimination Laws

March 19, 2010

Virginia says it’s for lovers. The Supreme Court held Virginia to its word when it ruled in Loving v. Virginia (1967) that prohibiting interracial marriages is unconstitutional.

You would have thought Virginia got the picture by now. Unfortunately Virginia’s new Republican Governor Bob McDonnell seems to have missed the memo. The Governor of Virginia has just removed specific protections in that state’s employment laws against discrimination on the basis of sexuality. The law now covers “race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities” – i.e. just about everything but gay people.

What a shame. We do everything to try and get beyond the Civil War, and there Virginia goes again – in Richmond, the former seat of the Confederacy – rolling back the years. But don’t worry, folks. They’re just good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm.

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  1. Carlos Antontio Brown permalink
    March 19, 2010 5:05 am

    Daschneider: Prodigious thanks for this, Sir. It’s rendered with your customary thoughtfulness and brio. I am definitely a fan of the Bedlam Review. Continue!

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