V.A. Board Defies Cuccinelli, Votes for Nondiscrimination


The Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice has voted to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation, defying Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who warned the board against the move.

Reports state that the board voted 5 to 1 to enact the protections. This is the second time the board has voted on the issue, having once before voted in favor of the move. The Board’s programs involve more than 800 young people in correctional facility housing.

Cuccinelli, infamous among LGBT rights groups for his missives against gay rights measures, dashed off an opinion that, per his understanding of the law, the board was effectively designating a special class of citizen in banning sexual orientation discrimination. Due to the fact that the state does not itself have such a provision, Cuccinelli argued the Board’s actions exceeded its authority because such power is reserved for the Legislature.

While several of Cuccinelli’s opinions on LGBT rights measures have fallen on deaf ears, the Virginia Board of Social Security did, per his advice, abandon an LGBT-inclusive non discrimination policy last year. You can read more on that here.

The policy must now go before Gov. Bob McDonnell who has routinely backed Cuccinelli’s anti-gay stands, though famously did depart from stridency when it came to the autonomy of the state’s universities to decide their own anti-discrimination rules.

This from McDowell’s office via The Washington Post:

“The regulations passed by the board today will return to the governor’s office for review as the next step in the process. They will be reviewed then in the coming weeks,” Jeff Caldwell, a spokesman for McDowell, said. “The governor’s office will review the minutes of board’s meeting and the language of the resolutions passed today before making any determination on this issue.”

The Board began a rewrite of its 300-page regulations in 2009 under Timothy Kaine’s administration. This involved a public consultation which brought about the move to include sexual orientation as a protected status.

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Howard Evans
Howard Evans7 years ago

How about just a class to teach children that, even in our Twitter-infested culture, every asinine thought that crosses your mind doesn't need to be instantly announced to the world?

Jane H.
Jane H7 years ago

Throw the repug bums out!

New G.
W. C7 years ago

Thank you.

Tony C.
Tony C7 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others.
Later on Sex Education should be taught from Contraceptives, Masturbation,LGBT and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. They should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy,STD, AIDS ) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry and Algebra. They can learn this in college if need be. I believe this is a solution. Nipping it in the Bud so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. Within a few generations this world would be a much better place to live in.

Lynn C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thank you.

Linda T.
Linda T7 years ago

The best news I've seen all day. Hooray for real justice in this country.

Tom Pearce
Tom Pearce7 years ago

Religion and politics should not be mixed even though both are corrupt! The problem is that the Gay community is a minority and history tells us that its usually the minorities that get beat up the most! Its sad, but true and the only way I have ever seen in my life time to get equal rights is to start destroying cities like the blacks had to do. I don't see that happening with the gays, but who knows!

Amanda M.
Amanda M7 years ago

Good to them for standing up to this bigoted blowhard! A baby step, but nevertheless a step in the right direction!

Wayne M.
Wayne M7 years ago

Cuccinelli bases his opinions concerning protecting the equality and civil rights of LGBT persons and groups on his religious beliefs and not on the best available scientific and psychological information.

Among other things, he believes being Gay is a choice. Let's pretend for a minute that this is correct. Then guess what? He has made a case against protecting equality, civil and human rights for people on religious grounds, for religion is definitely a choice and not an inborn characteristic.

If Cuccinelli and McDonnell are successful in denying equality and rights protection to LGBT people, then who will they attack next. If government or any organization can attack the rights of one group, then the rights of other groups can and will also be attacked.

pam w.
pam w7 years ago

"Pointy pillowcase award?" GOOD ONE!

I don't know anything about Virginia legal labyrinths...but I do know that gay/transgender people deserve protection from harassment, prejudice and idiotic bullies determined to make a "rep" for themselves..