Take Back Your Statement on Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
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In March of 2010, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a statement to all the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression, arguing in a letter sent to each school that their boards of visitors had no legal authority to adopt such statements.
This statement is wrong and has only been made because of clear homophobic views of the Attorney General. With bullying at the heart of many conversations today, allowing discrimination based on sexual orientation at Virginia's state colleges and universities will lead to the increase of bullying on campus and lead to more violent acts throughout the state.
Don't take back the progress that many state colleges and universities have made in protecting LGBT students. While many state schools and universities have ignored this, the attorney general made a clear statement in that letter and continues to stand by it. Other school districts in Virginia, beyond colleges and universities, cannot as easily protect their students without the support of the state legislature.
Urge Ken Cuccinelli to take back his statement so we can continue working to protect LGBT students throughout the state! As a college student, I want to feel safe and I want my fellow classmates to feel safe at whatever college they are going to. Ken Cuccinnelli is running for governor now and we cannot let him take these ignorant views and harmful policies to the top of our state legislature!
Sign this petition and share it so others can join us in helping to protect Virginia's students!
You can find Attorney General Cuccinelli's letter here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/metro/Cuccinelli.pdf. Note that while he does use legal basis for much of the letter, he does seem to indicate that he thinks people would be getting 'particular benefits or privileges' based on the inclusion of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in their anti-discrimination policy.
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