Think Progress Virginia attorney general instructs state colleges to stop protecting gay students from discrimination. In VA, a state where Republicans are generally considered moderate, the Republican governor, "Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) refused to renew an executive order that would have protected gay and lesbian state workers from discrimination." And now, "Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is asking the state‚Äôs colleges and universities 'to rescind policies that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.'" ‚ÄúIt is my advice that the law and public policy of the Commonwealth of Virginia prohibit a college or university from including ‚Äôsexual orientation,‚Äô ‚Äėgender identity,‚Äô ‚Äėgender expression,‚Äô or like classification as a protected class within its non-discrimination policy absent specific authorization from the General Assembly,‚ÄĚ he wrote. Colleges that have included such language in their policies ‚ÄĒ which include all of Virginia‚Äôs leading schools ‚ÄĒ have done so ‚Äúwithout proper authority‚ÄĚ and should ‚Äútake appropriate actions to bring their policies in conformance with the law and public policy of Virginia,‚ÄĚ Cuccinelli wrote.