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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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9/17/11  11:50 pm
Commenter: Lidia Turner

Today the gays...tomorrow who knows

As governments tighten belts and reduce services they have to turn to other alternatives to help meet the needs of the community.  We see this in child welfare.  For one institution to demand, under the guise of religious freedom, that they can pick and choose who the want to serve is opening a can of worms.  Today it will be gays...maybe tomorrow people of color?  There once was time people hid behind thier religious freedoms stating the scriptures indicated people of color were inferior thus justifying discrimination against them.  Do we want to take a step backwards.  So when government can no longer afford to provide services to battered women are we going to pick and choose which ones religiously affiliated organizations service based on their religious freedoms?  If we privatize other programs is this the route we wish to open up?  Governer, Board and all others think long and hard as to the implications if you do not include anti-discriminatory language that covers all walks of life.  I support anti-discriminatory language for all regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, religious, or political affiliation, race, color, or national origin.

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