Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Students respond to Virginia's Atty General

Last we I wrote about the Atty General Cuccinelli (left)of Virginia who had requested that all state universities remove anti-discriminatory policies that protected LGBT students and staff.  It's nice to know that students have begun to fight the Atty General.

The Washington Post is reporting that more than 3,000 people have signed a facebook page denouncing the ruling.  Although most of Virginia's colleges and universities are on spring break (perfect timing, Atty General Cuccinelli), letters, emails, and phone calls are still being made.  "I've never gotten so many e-mails from students wanting to do something," said Brandon Carroll, 21, president of the student government at Virginia Tech. He said any erosion in gay rights at state universities is "going to make us lose top students. It's going to make us lose top faculty."

Students at one of the few state universities that is still in session are planning a rally this week to protest the Atty General. What's encouraging about some of the response is has brought both Democratic and Republican student groups together to bring about change.

A growing number of industry leaders have also lined up against the directive from Cuccinelli, some portraying it as a threat to the quality and competitiveness of Virginia's higher-education system.

I'll keep you posted.

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