The House of Delegates passed the bill making it legal to discriminate for religious reasons.
According to the Washington Post:
The Virginia House passed a bill Tuesday that would block state agencies from punishing discrimination against people who are in same-sex marriages, transgender or have sex outside marriage.
Supporters say the Government Nondiscrimination Act is needed to protect what they call religious freedom in the face of shifting cultural attitudes toward gay rights and the legalization of gay marriage. Opponents say it amounts to a license to discriminate, with broad-reaching consequences.
The bill passed the Republican-controlled chamber 56 to 41, with seven Republican members voting “no,” two not voting and one absent. Although the vote is a win for the socially conservative wing of the party, the fact that some Republicans voted against it reflects a divide within the Republican Party in Virginia and the nation.
The bill’s sponsor, Gilbert of Rockingham have the following impassioned lame excuse:
The bill’s sponsor, Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), defended the bill, which he said would provide reasonable accommodation for deeply held religious beliefs.
“We find ourselves constantly under attack by the shifting cultural winds . . . that blow against us,” Gilbert said.
Oh such bullshit. You would think that someone was asking Gilbert to become a wife or something. I don’t get it. Why on earth do these people care what someone else does? No one is compelling anyone else to have a same sex marriage. No one is attacking Gilbert or his band of narrow-minded followers. People just want to live and let live–you know, peaceful coexistence.
On another note, the House of Delegates voted to defund Planned Parenthood. This means that Medicaid women can no longer use the organizations medical services and receive reimbursement. How incredibly stupid. What other facilities can provide services for the women of Virginia.
Terry McAuliffe should veto both of these bills if they reach his desk. I guess everyone is getting Their conservative cred on.
Feel free to read about Bob Marshall’s bill.