August 15, 2013
The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors voted against a Women's Equality Proclamation on Wednesday, 4-2.
Those opposed were Rodney Thomas, Duane Snow, Ken Boyd and Petie Craddock.
Board chair Ann Mallek proposed the proclamation and voted in favor, along with Dennis Rooker.
Thomas says the proclamation is redundant.
"I just don't think it was necessary for us to take a stand on something like this when we all support the constitution of the United States," Thomas said.
Thomas took issue with some of the wording of the proclamation as well, particularly parts that spell out the numerous ways women still face discrimination. Thomas says he doesn't discriminate at his workplace.
"Never have I been that way," Thomas said. "And I would be the first one to stand down in Court Square and tell everybody in the world that women have rights."
But Mallek says those rights don't always translate to equality in the real world. She says the proclamation was to celebrate all the steps women have made, but also to acknowledge that there's more to do. Mallek says the same proclamation has passed every year for the past decade.
Thomas says he doesn't see the point in voting on that every year.
"I don't need to say all that stuff over and over and over," he said.
But he realizes that some people are not going to be happy with his vote.
"We'll probably get some flack," Thomas said.
Mallek says she plans to get the proclamation passed next month, with a shorter version. Thomas says he's open to that idea.