Wednesday, February 10, 2010

VA House of Delegates Kills Anti-Discrimination Bill

Just yesterday we blogged about the Virginia Senate passing an anti-discrimination bill that would have protected state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. It was short-lived. The Advocate is reporting today that the Virginia House of Delegates has killed the bill.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, opponents in the Republican-controlled senate did not see the need for the bill.

“But the definition of sexual orientation, which includes real or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality, or gender identity or expression, ‘goes way too far,’ said Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Page County, before it was voted down,” according to TheVirginian-Pilot. “Opponents also said those speaking in favor of the bills hadn't shown that there was any discrimination currently taking place.”

New governor Robert McDonnell, a Republican, has not renewed executive orders from two previous Democratic governors that protected state workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation. He has said that the legislature is the appropriate place to decide the issue.

On Tuesday the house of delegates subcommittee also rejected a measure that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation against all Virginians, not just state employees, according to TheVirginian-Pilot.

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