Sen. McEachin Condemns Party-Line Defeat of Anti-Discrimination Legislation

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    I agree 100% with Sen. McEachin on this; discrimination against people based on their inherent characteristics, whether that be race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or anything else, should have no place in our society. Why Republicans would disagree in this case, other than homophobia, is beyond me. Any other ideas?

    Richmond- Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) expressed his profound disappointment and dismay with the defeat of his non-discrimination legislation yesterday by a House of Delegates subcommittee. “As witnesses were lined up out the door prepared to testify,  as individuals stood in support of the bill, with little discussion, the legislation was defeated on a Party line vote.

    “This legislation is very simple. It simply says that state workers will be judged on merit and on job performance, not on other irrelevant characteristics. For Virginia to be competitive, for the Commonwealth to attract and keep the best employees, we owe our workers basic protections and grievance procedures.

    “Not that many years ago, in this very Commonwealth, African-Americans were subject o these same prejudices, same insecurities about heir jobs, same subtle and insidious harassment. We codified those protections and that has made a significant difference. If a state employee feels he or she is being judged because of his or her skin color they have avenues to take, procedures to follow and the Commonwealth will respond. Now, is the time to offer these same basic civil rights to others who have been judged not on merit but on characteristics that have absolutely nothing to do with their work performance.

    “I commit that I will continue this fight until ALL Virginians have equal justice, opportunity and fairness. Let me also thank all of those who have aided me in this fight. Together, will make the difference,” the Senator concluded./blockquote>Thank you to Sen. McEachin and to everyone else who fought for this. And shame on the Republicans who stood up for discrimination and intolerance. It’s not surprising in a party where 51% of primary voters believe Barack Obama isn’t a citizen, but it’s still despicable.

    • blueice6102

      Republicans want to discriminate on inherent traits.

    • I concur with Senator McEachin’s sentiments.  Having represented a gay employee fired by the Virginia Museum of Natural History and having fielded calls from other similarly fired or harassed state employees, I know that discrimination happens regularly.  

      It’s appalling that LGBT Virginians pay state taxes and then are discriminated against by their own state. No doubt the folks at The Family Foundation are celebrating the GOP’s renewed embrace of religious based discrimination.

      One has to wonder when the business community is going to start demanding protections for LGBT workers.  As an “out” attorney, I receive many inquiries from out of state LGBT individuals who have been offered jobs or promotions in Virginia.  Once told of the abysmal status of gays in Virginia, many choose to turn down the offers and remain in more gay friendly states.  Kissing up to religious based bigotry doesn’t help make Virginia competitive in the global market.