A subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates has rejected a proposed LGBT protections bill.

The measure, which cleared the Virginia Senate with the help of 4 Republicans, sought to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state employees in Virginia.

Republican Delegate C. Todd Gilbert moved to kill the measure, arguing that no such discrimination exists.

“I've heard this bill several years in a row,” Gilbert said. “Among all the people who spoke, there was not a single example of one that was discriminated against in public employment. I challenge those in the room to bring forth an example.”

“I was told the following year that there would be a line out the door of people with examples of having been discriminated against in public employment. There was not a single example anyone that felt that except that abstract fear that we've heard testified here today. I heard the gentlewoman today say that Virginia Commonwealth – VCU is this oppressive and intolerant environment. I dare say that's probably not true. The examples we've heard from today have actually reaffirmed that people are interested in coming to Virginia and engaging in careers here and are thriving in the process of engaging in those careers. I think the many people that testify in their roles in higher education demonstrate that there is no problem this bill solves and once again, we've heard from many people about this specter of oppression that really doesn't exist because we don't have a single example of anyone who has been discriminated against for this reason.”

Blue Virginia, however, points to the high-profile case of openly gay Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland.

(Related: Tracy Thorne-Begland confirmed to Virginia court.)

Thorne-Begland was “rejected simply because of his sexual orientation (note that Del. Gilbert refused to vote for Thorne-Begland's nomination last year),” the progressive site wrote. “And although judicial nominees would not have been affected by this bill, Thorne-Begland's example demonstrates in a glaring way that discrimination is alive and well in Virginia, and in public employment.”

And ThinkProgress.org's Josh Israel notes some hypocrisy in Gilbert's remarks.

“Gilbert is the chief sponsor of a bill that passed in the House and Senate this year that purportedly would ban discrimination against religious and political groups at Virginia's public colleges and universities who choose to restrict membership based on their beliefs. The bill essentially gives clubs license to discriminate against LGBT and other students. But when Gilbert presented the bill as a protection against discrimination, he too failed to show any examples of discrimination against college groups in Virginia,” Israel wrote.