Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have allowed churches and wedding vendors to decline to service same-sex wedding ceremonies.The Democratic governor said the bill was redundant and the so-called rights being protected were already protected by the First Amendment.
He said the bill, SB 41, would also add additional “protections” to religious organizations in for form of providing them with a license to discriminate against the LGBT community.
“Any legitimate protections afforded by Senate Bill 41 are duplicative of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” Mr. McAuliffe said in a statement.
“Any additional protections are styled in a manner that prefers one religious viewpoint — that marriage can only validly exist between a man and a woman — over all other viewpoints,” he continued. “Such a dynamic is not only unconstitutional, it equates to discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.”
This is yet another blow to the religious right who are fighting tooth and nail to pass legislation that discriminates against the LGBTQ community and finding more and more opposition along the way.