Gay-Rights Group Seeks Backing on Va. Law Change

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    A gay-rights group is urging public college presidents to join its attempt to strengthen Virginia's anti-discrimination law.

    Equality Virginia wants the law expanded to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Legislators have refused to add such protections to the Virginia Human Rights Act.

    Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli touched off a firestorm recently by telling public colleges they have no authority to prohibit discrimination against gays. Gov. Bob McDonnell issued a written directive barring such discrimination, but that policy statement lacks the force of law.

    Equality Virginia this week sent a letter to college presidents urging them and boards of visitors to get behind the fight to change the law.