The General Assembly passed SB41 which stated no clergyman could be penalized for not performing a gay wedding if doing so violated his religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. Governor McAuliffe vetoed the bill saying,
â€œItâ€™s unconstitutional. It is discriminatory. It demonizes folks. It brings fear and persecution. We canâ€™t tolerate that,â€
Never mind that religious figures have their rights to practice their religion violated. Â The Governor, like most liberals, does like those who practice religion and has no respect for them. Â Religion offends their sensibilities. Â More on the veto of this bill here.Â
Governor McAuliffe also vetoedÂ HB 1090Â which would have prevented funding for abortions at settings other than a hospital except in the cases of incest, rape, or fetal deformity. Â The bill would have curtailed funding for Planned Parenthood. Â From the Richmond Times-Dispatch,Â
â€œWeâ€™re here today to smack down the latest attack on womenâ€™s health care rights, McAuliffe said Tuesday before vetoing the bill during a news conference at the Richmond headquarters of the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood. â€œItâ€™s no secret that this bill is aimed at destroying Planned Parenthood.â€
The sponsor of the bill, Delegate Benjamin L. Cline, R-Rockbridge, responded to the Governor’s veto,
â€œI am disappointed that Governor McAuliffe chose to veto this important legislation that would redirect taxpayer dollars toward more comprehensive providers of health care services for women,â€ Cline said. â€œThe governor is clearly listening to his friends in the abortion lobby, rather than ensuring that women have access to quality care.â€
The Governor said with the passage of this bill we could see a spike in STD’s in Virginia, and other silly excuses that will never happen just because Planned Parenthood can’t do abortions.
â€œWithout this service, we could see an increase in STDs, more complications with pregnancies and an increase in health issues among newborns,â€
It’s unlikely the General Assembly will have the votes to override these vetoes when they reconvene on April 20th.