Virginia Governor: AntiGay Discrimination Won’t Be Tolerated
The Washington Post reports that Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell issued a directive to state employees prohibiting discrimination in the state workplace, including any based on sexual orientation. It was issued following an uproar caused by the Virginia Attorney General’s letter to state public colleges and universities advising them to remove references to sexual orientation and gender identity from campus nondiscrimination policies. Although McDonnell said he continues to support the Attorney General’s opinion, he added that he will “not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other basis that’s outlawed under state or federal law or the Constitution, and if it is reported, then I will take action, from reprimand to termination, to make sure that does not occur.” While the move is seen as a positive step forward, his directive does not protect state workers and students legally from discrimination based on sexual orientation.
ACLU Sues After School Cancels Prom Over Lesbian Student
Last December, when 18-year-old openly gay high school senior Constance McMillen asked her school principal if she could bring her girlfriend to the senior prom, she was told no. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent a letter to the school district on McMillen’s behalf, arguing that the school cannot prevent students from bringing same-sex dates. In response, the district canceled the prom, citing “distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.” Returning to school following the cancellation, McMillen said fellow students told her she ruined their senior year. Now, ACLU is seeking a court order to force the Mississippi high school to hold its senior prom after all, and allow McMillen to bring her girlfriend. McMillen stated to CBS News, “I just want to go to the prom, and bring my date, just like everyone else gets to.”
Florida Considers Bill To Remove Tax Credit for TV Shows With Gay Characters
The Florida House is considering a bill that would disqualify movie and TV productions with gay characters from receiving a tax credit. Current law allows productions that are “family-friendly” to take the tax credit. But Representative Stephen Precourt (Republican) aims specifically to exclude those with gay content from being eligible. He said he doesn’t want public dollars invested in shows with gay characters.
GLAAD Alleges Johnny Weir Deemed Too Gay for Stars On Ice
According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), it learned from an anonymous source that sponsors of the Stars on Ice Tour, which include Smuckers and IMG Entertainment, have refused to allow National Champion and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir to participate, because he is “not family-friendly.” In a statement, GLAAD said, “To say that Weir is ‘not family-friendly’ would be a clear jab at his perceived sexual orientation.” Weir has not acknowledged his sexual orientation publicly. GLAAD has distributed an online petition asking Stars on Ice to include Weir in its US Tour.
First Gay Marriages in Mexico City take place
The first same-sex marriages under Mexico City’s new gay marriage legislation have begun taking place. Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was a guest of honor at the weddings of Judith Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda, as well as the other couples who tied the knot in a city building. Mexico City’s legislation gives same-sex couples the same legal status as heterosexual ones. Although the law only applies to residents of the city, a marriage performed in one state must be recognized in the rest of the country.