First the new Virginia governor rescinds the protections on GLBT state employees, and claims that he will not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Perhaps he will not, you never know, but I am more than confident that the Christianists and straight up homo-haters throughout the commonwealth are more than ready to discriminate at will.
Second, the GOP controlled Virginia House of Delegates killed not one, but two bills that would have offered protection to GLBT Virginians (both state workers and the general population). I suppose they were tired of the gays pushing for those "special rights."
Finally, the new Attorney General has gone out of his way to let state colleges and universities know that they have no legal basis for offering protection to GLBT workers (thanks again to the House of Delegates), and that they should rescind the protections that they have in place.
I've heard that there are some gay Republicans I know who seem cool with this. To that, I say that I will never understand. But I will also say, and call it hyperbole if you like, that there were slaves who were convinced that they were separate and apart from their fellow slaves, because they seemed to have the master's favor, until they didn't have the master's favor.
There is nothing wrong with the argument that we are more than our sexual orientation or racial identity. Too true. But, there is something wrong with gleefully supporting the policies of a political party that at the moment is singling out the GLBT community, as is happening in Virginia. Perhaps some have assurances from political cronies that all will be fine. Trust and believe that those assurances given would disappear with the quickness, if those cronies were forced into a choice between protecting their gay friends from discrimination and self preservation.
I am very sad for Virginia right now, but I hope that I will be proven wrong. I hope that we will not see discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Virginia. We'll see.
UPDATE (3.10.10): I wonder how many business types in VA said something to McDonnell.