Backlash grows against VA AG Cuccinell’s anti-gay dictates

Last week, Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli started pushing his anti-gay agenda at the state’s colleges and universities. In Cuccinelli’s theocratic world, homophobia is an operating principle. In the real world, it’s not. And, that’s especially true for younger people:

More than 3,000 people joined the Facebook page “We Don’t Want Discrimination In Our State Universities And Colleges!” Nearly 1,000 people joined another, started by activists at the College of William and Mary. The University of Virginia group Queer & Allied Activism urged students to protest on Cuccinelli’s Facebook page and on Twitter.

Students at Virginia Commonwealth University, one of the few in the state not on break, planned a rally for noon Wednesday, with several hundred students committed. At Christopher Newport University, student Republican and Democratic leaders will discuss their next steps at a bipartisan meeting Friday.

“I’ve never gotten so many e-mails from students wanting to do something,” said Brandon Carroll, 21, president of the student government at Virginia Tech. He said any erosion in gay rights at state universities is “going to make us lose top students. It’s going to make us lose top faculty.”

A growing number of industry leaders have also lined up against the directive from Cuccinelli (R), some portraying it as a threat to the quality and competitiveness of Virginia’s higher-education system.

For Cuccinelli and his ilk, losing competitiveness and quality aren’t a concern. They’re too obsessed with hating the gays.

Last fall during the campaign, we wrote several posts about Cuccinelli. I don’t think people in the state realized how extreme he was:

It sure sounds like Cuccinelli would use his office to criminalize “homosexual acts”:
[Cuccinelli] declined to commit to a nondiscrimination policy against gays and lesbians observed by former Attorney General Bob McDonnell: “ My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. … They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”

Ken Cuccinelli wants to be the top law enforcement official in Virginia.

He’s even worse than we thought.


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