Only weeks after issuing an unenforceable and useless "directive" that Virginia's state agencies should not discriminate based on sexual orientation, far right wing Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell says a law protecting gays and lesbians isn't necessary because anti-gay bias just doesn't happen very often, reports the Washington Post.
"Breaking with the practice of his Democratic predecessors, McDonnell did not include sexual orientation in an executive order he issued barring discrimination in the state workforce shortly after taking office. He argued that he could not include protections for gays without authority from the General Assembly, which has repeatedly declined to adopt a law on the issue. But in past interviews, McDonnell has never been clear about whether he supported the General Assembly taking action. He told Post columnist Bob McCartney that he might, in fact, sign such a law if passed. But asked today on the 'Ask the Governor' program at Richmond's WRVA radio whether he would sign such legislation, he said, 'I don't know that we need it based on the numbers that I've seen.' He added: 'There really isn't any rampant discrimination on any basis in Virginia. If you're going to have a law, it needs to actually address a real problem.' "
One of McDonnell's first actions in office was to strip gay and lesbian state workers of job protections. Shortly afterward, birther and tea bag poster boy Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli advised the Commonwealth's public colleges and universities to abolish policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity