One of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s first actions as governor was to cancel an order that prevented state employees who were gay or lesbian from being fired from their job on the basis of their sexual orientation. Now, gays and lesbians in Virginia can be fired solely on the basis of their sexual orientation.
This is unacceptable. As the Co-President of PFLAG San Diego ( ) I speak for many San Diego families who know, personally, that sexual orientation and gender identity have absolutely nothing to do with one’s ability to do a job well.
Actions, like Gov. McDonnell’s, threaten the employment of Virginia’s LGBT population, are a deplorable step backwards and place the State squarely on the wrong side of history. Virginia runs the risk of losing well-qualified employees, not to mention earning a reputation as a state with truly hostile policies.
When, I must ask you to consider, WHEN has codified discrimination EVER withstood the test of time? When have its practitioners EVER been viewed as anything but embarrassing historical examples of behaviors we must NEVER allow to be repeated?
California has moved decisively and inclusively in the opposite direction. All our families, businesses and communities can hold their heads high, knowing we are a just and fair place to live and work.
Simply put, there’s no reason to fire people solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. It’s time for Virginia to recognize that, just as California has, and act to make sure firing someone because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is NOT part of your legislative legacy.
Yours in true Justice and Equality for all;
Patti Boman Co-President
PFLAG San Diego