Ebbin: Proposed law was aimed at protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state employees.
A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee this week tabled a bill that would have prevented the state government from discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation, essentially killing the matter for this legislative session. "What it means is that it's still perfectly legal to fire somebody because of their sexual orientation," state Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, told Patch. Ebbin and Sen. Don McEachin, a Richmond Democrat, were the primary sponsors of the bill, which passed the Senate late last month 24-16. Most of Virginia's top 25 employers have nondiscrimination policies in place that include sexual orientation, according to Ebbin's office. In 2005, then-Gov. Mark Warner issued an executive order that protected …
Alexandria resident Karen Gautney expresses concern over comments made by 30th District Senate candidate Libby Garvey at a recent forum.
Friday, August 12, 2011
In front of a mostly gay audience at the Alexandria Gay and Lesbian Community Association candidate forum on Aug. 9, Libby Garvey delivered a pre-planned attack on Rob Krupicka in which she declared that the third candidate in the race, Adam Ebbin “is gay, can’t have kids in schools.” Her point was that Krupicka’s frequent and proud references to being the parent of children in public schools was somehow a coded message of homophobia. As followers of this race know, both education and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender equality are among the central themes of Krupicka’s campaign. Garvey’s attack misfires on three levels: 1) Rob Krupicka is an ardent support of LGBT equality, including full marriage and adoption rights. As a politically …