A Discriminating Man

March 7th, 2010

“It is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘gender identity,’ ‘gender expression,’ or like classification as a protected class within its non-discrimination policy absent specific authorization from the General Assembly.” – VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II letter to public universities and colleges

“What he’s saying is reprehensible.” – Vincent Callahan, former GOP State Delegate now serving on GMU’s board of directors

“It’s going to be a mess – there’s no doubt about that. I think you’re going to see the whole gamut, from angry letters to protests.” – Carl Pucci, Old Dominion University student body president

Inspired by Attorney general asks colleges to end policies that shield gays  (Washington Post 3/06/10).

Ken Cuccinelli believes there’s a problem with anti-gay

Discrimination in VA.

That there’s I absolutely agree,

But he views the cause of problem differently than me.


Cuccinelli believes the cause of it

Is that there just isn’t enough of it.

So he seeks to earn his supporters’ admiration

By increasing anti-gay discrimination.


Cuccinelli’s target for this strategy

Harkens back to Virginia’s unseemly history

When Virginia’s public schools

Were bastions of discriminatory rules.


They were, of course, segregated,

And all minorities were equally discriminated.

But those days are (thankfully) no more.

Virginia’s now much more just than before.


But Cuccinelli wants to bring those “good old days” back,

So he’s mounted an all out attack.

He’s asking the state’s public universities

To rescind no-gay-discrimination policies.


He’s issued an opinion that universities don’t have the authority

For policies without specific authorization from VA’s Assembly.

He knows that authority will be withheld

And that the policies’ elimination would be compelled.


(Somehow I think that if the tables were turned

And Cuccinelli was concerned

That university policies allowing anti-gay discrimination

Were threatened by VA Assembly elimination,

He’d be taking the opposite position…

But that’s just my intuition.)


Cuccinelli says gays shouldn’t be a “protected class”

(He’d rather protect those who discriminate and harass).

Gay students or employees that face discrimination

Would no longer have recourse against that abrogation.


Like all who advocate this position,

Cuccinelli claims he’s not an anti-gay politician.

He just wants to get rid of those “special rights”

For which the notorious “gay agenda” fights.


Like the right to not be beat up,

Or give your metaphorical seat up;

The right to be treated the same,

For which wanting gays are to blame.


Protecting the haters instead of the hatees

May be something with which the Far Right agrees,

But students and faculty are opposed.

Will Cucc’s next step be that the state universities should be closed?


This is just one in a line of Cuccinelli actions

Against what he believes to be moral and legal infractions.

Others include suing the EPA to prove global warming is a lie

And same-sex couple insurance benefits to state employees to deny.


VA voters: I hate to say “I told you so,”

But I did, you know.


PS: Here’s an opposing view…

And my response thereto.

“I find it hard to believe that this would be the final straw in whether or not someone’s going to come to Virginia’s universities. They are some of the best universities in the country. I think they can stand on their own without this policy.” – Christopher Freund, spokesman for the (anti-gay) Family Foundation

The ironically-named Christopher Freund

Makes the self-serving (and I think incorrect) point

That VA’s universities are so unbelievably great

That prospective students and employees won’t mind the anti-gay hate.


Excuse me for not accepting what you believe as true,

Since you believe homosexuality is evil too.

I’m sure that if it were politically condoned,

You’d support going back to the days when gays were stoned.


And I’m sure that the people you know wouldn’t be deterred

By eliminating protections for gays (probably what they preferred).

But most of the rest of us find your views abhorrent,

And like Carl says, expect protests (a torrent).

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