March 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm EST | by Chris Johnson
Va. rally planned against anti-gay Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli (photo courtesy Rob Pilaud).

A rally and protest is planned for Tuesday at George Mason University at the same time when Virginia’s anti-gay attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is set to speak at the school.

Cuccinelli invoked considerable ire from the LGBT community earlier this month when he issued an opinion saying state law prohibits Virginia colleges from having workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Cuccinelli’s opinion letter is bad for Virginia’s economy, is out of touch with reality, and threatens the competitiveness, reputation and accreditation status of all of Virginia’s public Universities,” reads a flyer advertising the event.

Throughout his political career, Cuccinelli has also made comments on “homosexual acts” being unhealthy or contrary to natural law.

The rally is set for Tuesday at 4 pm and will happen concurrently with the presentation and reception the school had set for Cuccinelli at the same time. The protest will take place in front of George Mason’s law school.

Scheduled speakers at the rally include Jay Fisette, who’s gay and vice-chair of the Arlington County Board, as well as Ric Chollar, director of the school’s LGBT resource center. Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), the only openly gay lawmakers in Virginia’s General Assembly, has been invited to attend.

Organizers are asking those interested in attending to RSVP on the group’s Facebook page.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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