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W&M Pressured to Return to Discrimination?

March 1, 2010

A Maryland state senator claims that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) is trying to get universities to overturn policies barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The assertion was neither confirmed nor denied Friday by Cuccinelli’s office or the College of William and Mary, the institution to which the senator, in an interview, said he was referring. “Virginia’s new Attorney General is reportedly seeking to have Virginia’s universities rescind their policies banning discrimination based on sexual orientation,” he wrote. In an interview, Maryland State Senator Rich Madaleno (D) said he had heard from associates in Virginia that William and Mary had received legal advice from Cuccinelli regarding its nondiscrimination statement.

According to W&M spokesman Brian Whitson, there are no plans to remove language about sexual orientation from William and Mary’s existing policy. The Faculty Assembly recently asked that the policy be expanded to also include “gender identity and expression,” a request the school’s president is now examining. Madaleno made the charges in a letter urging Northrop Grumman not to choose Virginia for the site of its new corporate headquarters because of the new Virginia administration’s record on anti-gay discrimination.

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