VCU gay rights rally

By Gene Petriello
Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hundreds of people will rally on the VCU campus Wednesday morning, following the controversial comments made by the attorney general about anti-discrimination policies at public schools.

The rally set for Wednesday comes just one day after nearly a thousand people showed up to four forums - two at the Monroe Park campus, the other two at MCV - mostly voicing their opinion against the AG.

Although our cameras were not allowed inside the meeting, the sense of unity could be felt campus wide.

The meetings came just a few days after attorney general Ken Cuccinnelli asked public schools to rescind any policies they have that would ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

He says policies like that lie in the hands of lawmakers.

"It seems like Virginia is taking two huge steps backwards and I worry about the implications for not only VCU, but the state of Virginia," said VCU grad student Luke Schlimme. "People may not want to come to Virginia or Virginia schools.

Right now, VCU has a policy in effect - a commitment they say - toward providing a nondiscriminatory environment for employees, students and guests.

And many of the voices heard on Tuesday hope it stays that way.

So they'll fight on Wednesday with those voices. The rally, whether you support the attorney general or disagree with him, is set for noon at the VCU commons plaza.

The board of visitors, who set the policies at VCU, meets again in May. They told the students yesterday, this issue is certainly one that will come up.

In fact, many students want the board to renew it's current policy of anti-discrimination.

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