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US: University volleyball coach says he was sacked for being gay, will sue if not reinstated

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Dec 2012, 12:52pm

    Doesn’t surprise me, it’s Virginia, home to a lot of right wing religious nutters, so called ‘christians’.

  2. Christopher in Canada 1 Dec 2012, 12:55pm

    Meanwhile, they’d never have to worry about him making sexual advances to the gals.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Dec 2012, 2:21pm

      To digress, it reminds me of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law before it was repealed. The right wing bigots, religious included, in the republican party were constantly ranting on about the lowering of morale and threats to security if gays were allowed to serve openly. Yet….there have been countless numbers of hetero military sexually assaulting, rape and harassing female military but the sexuality of the males is NEVER denigrated and they’re NEVER accused of being a threat to morale or security. Nobody ever brings that up whenever it occurs.

      The recent philandering of Gen. Petraeus is a classic example of the double standard, his sexuality is never brought into disrepute even though he resigned. No condemnation from those same right wing religious nutters either. So much for the sanctity of marriage and that one man one woman nonsense.

      This case in Virginia is not much different.

  3. Maybe I’m missing something, but there’s no evidence of him being sacked because he’s gay. His contract ended and they didn’t renew it, and no evidence at all given for homophobia.
    Unless there’s more to the story then this looks like he’s trying to get his job back with the homophobia card

    1. DCBrighton 1 Dec 2012, 3:29pm

      I agree. This PN article is very confusing and badly written.

      The article and video here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/james-finley-gay-fired-vcu-volleyball_n_2205069.html

      is much better.

      The university has done nothing illegal in not renewing his contract.

      He does though point to suggested patterns of discrimination and in light of those allegations, the individual reasons behind them, in particular, the demotion of the lesbian athletics teacher should be examined.

    2. Midnighter 2 Dec 2012, 1:07pm

      I take your point, however since there is a strong record of wins and a clear trend of improvement the timing of the decision seems odd, and the reasoning behind that decision is immediately in question.

  4. GingerlyColors 2 Dec 2012, 1:30am

    Whatever the reason for his dismissal, employment laws vary from state to state in the USA and few, if any give anything like the protection that we enjoy here in the UK and in other European countries.

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