Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the politician who granted voting rights to as many as 60,000 convicted felons in a scheme to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency in 2016 against President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed two bills that are designed to protect people and religious organizations that believe in biblical, one man/one woman marriage. In rejecting SB 2314 and HB 2025, the governor said not only are the measures essentially “discrimination under the guise of religious freedom,” but they’re also “bad for business” in the state.
McAuliffe remarked that the federal and state Constitutions provide adequate protections, and that “any additional protections … that prefers one religious viewpoint—that marriage can only validly exist between a man and a woman—over all other viewpoints … is not only unconstitutional, it equates to discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.”
“This legislation is also bad for business and creates roadblocks as we try to build the new Virginia economy. Businesses and job creators do not want to locate or do business in states that appear more concerned with demonizing people than with creating a strong business climate,” he stated.
Family Foundation of Virginia said in a statement. “The governor, of course, is all too comfortable with demonizing anyone who happens to disagree with him! He said [the state was] no longer going to contract with them,” says Victoria Cobb, adding that “the concern we have is this attempt to sort of isolate these organizations; and we need to remember that charitable religious organizations make up a tremendous amount of the work that is done in our communities.”
The bills were introduced in light of Executive Order 61, which requires the state to only enter into government contracts with businesses and organizations that have anti-discrimination policies in place protecting homosexual and transgenders.
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