TYPICALLY staid, Virginia Commonwealth University long has been a commuter school where students come and go without much political urgency. So it was indeed unusual on March 10 when 1,000 students waving colorful, striped Gay Pride flags and signs saying such things as “Keep Your Gospel off My Gonads” gathered at the Student Commons in protest.
The target was Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, Virginia's new and explosively controversial Republican attorney general who had just told VCU and other state colleges that their policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation were invalid.
Cuccinelli, 41, also is stridently against abortion, wants to take state money away from Planned Parenthood and believes that homosexual acts go against natural law. He also sought to revoke the automatic citizenship granted to children of illegal immigrants born in the United States, wants President Barack Obama's birthplace thoroughly studied and considered keeping his newborn seventh child (his other six are home-schooled) from registering for a Social Security number because the federal government could use it to track him down.
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About the writers:
Style Weekly Contributing Editor Peter Galuszka is a former Moscow bureau chief and international news editor in New York for BusinessWeek. He has served as executive editor of Virginia Business.
Margaret Edds is an author and former longtime political/editorial writer for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. She lives in Richmond, and her most recent book is “Finding Sara: A Daughter's Journey.”
Warren Fiske covered state government and politics for The Virginian-Pilot for 25 years. He lives in Henrico County.