Well, isn't this guy charming?
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has urged the state's public colleges and universities to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, arguing in a letter sent to each school that their boards of visitors had no legal authority to adopt such statements.
Cuccinelli believes that only the General Assembly has the authority to decide whether or not the state's public schools can ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. And since the General Assembly has voted 25 times in the past 13 years not to add the words "sexual orientation" to Virginia's nondiscrimination laws, Cuccinelli is merely trying to enforce the law. It's not like he's being an activist or anything.
The former Fairfax County senator has signaled that he will be an activist attorney general. This month, he sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency, challenging its ruling that greenhouse gases pose a public health risk by contributing to global warming.
"I don't think it's going to surprise anyone that Attorney General Cuccinelli is not going to be a quiet attorney general," said Christopher Freund, a spokesman for the Family Foundation, which has long contended that legal protections based on sexual orientation are unnecessary.
Right. Because when it comes to protecting bigots' rights to discriminate against gays, the law is the law. But when it comes to regulating greenhouse gases, well, half a million dollars, even as the General Assembly is cutting back on education and health care, is a small price to pay to avoid, you know, following the law.
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