slider wrote:Wow. This is an eye opener. Coming from a state where sexual orientation is protected from discrimination, we sometimes takes these liberties for granted. I didn't realize Virginia lacked this legislation.
Is this the reason behind the law school's diversity pledge?
Virginia has lacked this legislation, and while the previous governor issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, there were protests from people (including the man who is now governor) that he didn't have the authority to do that.
Also, the way I understand it, the diversity pledge came about as a response to an attack on a pair of UVA Law students after they were perceived to be homosexual. That happened in... 2006, I believe. The pledge is designed to encourage students to take steps to combat what is apparently a problem here in VA even in the 21st century.
Oddly I can't find anything about that incident at all. I remember reading about it when I signed the Diversity Pledge, but I can't find anything online about it. It's like they want to talk about the pledge and how great it is, but nobody wants to talk about what prompted its existence.
I found a video with someone saying, "Three years ago, the student body just felt the need to bring diverse issues into the forefront of the law school..." Yeah, they just felt the need
, nothing was wrong at all happened that motivated it.