INTERVIEW: Same sex benefit extension on hold

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Bob McDonnell has delicately waded into the debate over same-sex partnerships by making two executive decision related to gays and lesbians.

One would prevent the state from extending benefits to same sex partners of their employees.

The other removes the term "sexual orientation" from the commonwealth's non-discrimination policy.

Victoria Cobb is the president of the Virginia Family Foundation, a group that agrees with the governor's decisions.

See the video at right for the full interview.

Q: First lets talk about the extension of benefits. Why do you think the governor made the right move?

Q: Gay rights groups believe this is an equality issue. Why shouldn't same-sex partners have the same access to benefits, that married couples do?

Q: Let's talk now about this non-discrimination policy. Why do you believe sexual orientation should not be included in the order?

Q: If its not written in the order, what prevents the state from firing someone, principally because of their sexual orientation?

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