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Lt. Gov. Bolling on Non-Discrimination Issue

Bearing Drift has the statement from Governor McDonnell.

Here is the statement from Lt. Governor Bolling.

Discrimination will not be tolerated in any form. The hysterical ranting from the left over the non-issue is now concluded.

Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release:

March 10, 2010


RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today issued the following statement regarding employment discrimination policies in the Commonwealth:
“In recent days, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a letter to Virginia’s colleges and universities informing them that their internal employment discrimination policies could not prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation because such prohibitions were not authorized under state law. While the Attorney General’s legal advice is consistent with that of other Attorneys General before him, it has created some understandable confusion and concern.

“Earlier today, Governor McDonnell issued a directive reiterating the policy of our administration as it relates to important employment practices. I agree wholeheartedly with that statement.

“As the Governor has said many times, we do not support and we will not tolerate employment related discrimination in any form. In this administration, personnel decisions will be based on qualification and performance, and prompt and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who violates this policy.

“While various federal and state statutes set forth certain classifications in which employment related discrimination is prohibited as a matter of law, our policy and practice will be much broader than this.  All state employees should take comfort in knowing that we will not tolerate employment related discrimination in any form or for any reason, including sexual orientation.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

4 Responses to “Lt. Gov. Bolling on Non-Discrimination Issue”

  1. Venu says:

    So… McDonnell and Bolling just said that the Universities use of the policy was not only justified, but should even go without saying! Doesn’t that entirely undermine what Cuccinelli has been trying to do in the past days?

    Cuccinelli was arguing that only the legislature could define protected classes, but Bolling and McDonnell just stated that it is applies universally.

    Your post makes it seem like Cuccinelli somehow pulled out a political win in this.

  2. Tom White says:

    No. What Bob and Bill said, in effect, is that while it is not a matter of granting special protected status to anyone beyond what the law requires, it is the practice of the Governor, the Lt. Governor that discrimination will not be tolerated for sexual orientation as a matter of policy.

    The whole argument here is that gays want “special” legal status under the law. The state has turned down that idea, believing that existing policies of non discrimination are enough. A special legal status is not needed.

    Ken Cuccinelli simply told the schools that special protected status for sexual orientation is not legal in Virginia. That is a far cry from allowing discrimination.

    Bob mentioned the equal protection clause and specifically pointed out that we all enjoy equal protection. Sexual orientation does not require a “special” legal status. It is already protected. Which has been the position of the General Assembly.

    When Lowell Feld posted an entry last fall that Bob McDonnell should hang a sign “gays and lesbians need not apply”, I took Lowell to task, explaining that Bob does not tolerate discrimination for sexual orientation. Never has and never will. Of course, that goes over Lowell’s head. And McDonnell’s statement today was pretty much what I explained to Lowell.

    What we have are two issues. Special Protected Class v. Equal Protection. Cuccinelli never addressed Equal Protection, only Special Protection.

    The left went off on a political tangent sure that the AG and Governor were out to get gay people.

    That is not true and never will be true.

    If I thought for one instant that McDonnell, Bolling or Cuccinelli advocated, supported or allowed discrimination based on sexual orientation, I promise you I would rip them every single day and do whatever I could to make sure they never hold office again. People can believe something is morally wrong, but that does not give them the right to discriminate. Love the sinner, hate the sin, as they say.

    I have friends and relatives that are gay and they are important people in my life. I don’t agree with their behavior, but then I don’t agree with the behaviors of a lot of my “straight” friends. I consider cheating on one’s spouse to be equally as reprehensible. But that does not mean I think less of the people or think they should suffer discrimination at work, or from me. And I expect my elected officials to be able to draw the same line between their personal moral beliefs and their professional duties.

    But the facts are still the facts in this case. The State does not consider gays a special protected class, they have the same equal protection that we all enjoy, and discrimination is not allowed or tolerated.

    And that is how it should be.

  3. Venu says:

    I couldn’t agree more that equal protection shouldn’t be specifically regulated. But I gathered that while Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling agreed that there needn’t be specially defined protected classes, it seems that they disagreed that it is the job of the legislature and the legislature alone to define protected classes, because, well EVERYONE should be a protected class under the law.

    I guess what I’m reading is that McDonnell and Bolling don’t have a specific problem with the Universities’ use of the policy, whereas Cuccinelli does.

  4. Tom White says:

    No, I don’t see that at all. None of them want the schools to discriminate. But the legal issues that arise by a school acting as if sexual orientation is a Virginia protection can lead to law suits based on the protected class status. I would assume that if the universities worded their policies as the Governor did the AG would be fine with it.

    There are two views here, both correct. From a legal standpoint, the AG is correct. And from a policy and moral standpoint, Bob is right.

    What I will bet is that any future opinions from Ken Cuccinelli will take on a far more political tone be far less clinical in nature, especially if they involve any hot button issues.

    And if you think about it, if Cuccinelli were truly trying to start a war on gays as the left would have you believe, he will never hold another office. It would be political suicide and a fight he could not win, even if that were his plan.

    I think Ken learned a lesson in politics with this. When they toss you a hot potato, let it cool, mash it, put a little butter on it and add some milk. Then serve it. Carefully.

    He is a smart guy and has higher aspirations. Attacking gays is not something he would do.


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