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Citing States Rights, Virginia Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Gays from National Guard

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince WIlliam) wants to ban gays from serving in Virginia's National Guard and is drafting a bill for next year, the WaPo reports:

Marshall Marshall, who is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2012, is one of the House's most conservative members. He said Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16 of the Constitution gives Virginia the authority to uphold the ban by "reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress."

"The Constitution never would have been ratified if states were not reserved unqualified control of the militia, now called the National Guard," he said.

Said Marshall: "This policy will weaken military recruitment and retention, and will increase pressure for a military draft. After 232 years of prohibiting active, open homosexuals from enlisting in our military, President Obama and a majority in Congress are conducting a social experiment with our troops and our national security...In countries where religions and cultures find homosexual acts immoral, the Obama administration's repeal policy will work to the detriment of all American troops in securing local cooperation with our nation's foreign policy goals."

Equality Virginia's attorney Claire Guthrie Gastanaga says such a bill would have no effect, since "the National Guard is is subject to the same rules as other federal military units."

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  1. Anyone else sick of hearing this is a "social experiment", like this is some new concept in military that the US is paving a road in? Does no one call people out when that's their only excuse for saying these sort of things?

    Posted by: Cocoa | Dec 20, 2010 11:31:24 AM


  2. Let them keep fighting this. With every word they utter and every protest them make, they reveal themselves to be nothing but the bigots that they are.

    They make statements about weakening recruitment and retention...without a scintilla of fact to back up what they are saying. Scare tactics are all these people have ever had. And finally Americans are beginning to see through the lies and the fear mongering.

    Since when have these conservatives ever given a damn about what other countries think?

    Posted by: Taylor | Dec 20, 2010 11:35:59 AM


  3. Carry me back to 'ol-Virginny-
    pullleeezzzee don't take away the last acceptable group to discriminate against.
    The world weeps at the so-called greatest democracy once again

    Posted by: nick | Dec 20, 2010 11:37:06 AM


  4. Good luck with that one, Virginia.

    Schwarzenegger already tried to mitigate the affects of DADT by signing legislation to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the California "militia." The Pentagon moved in to reassert their supremacy before the ink was dry. The White House then wrote a terse letter to the governator informing him that he was overstepping his authority. George W. Bush was still the commander in chief and supports DADT.

    End of discussion.

    Posted by: John | Dec 20, 2010 11:40:19 AM


  5. his quote:
    "The Constitution never would have been ratified if states were not reserved unqualified control of the militia, now called the National Guard," he said.


    Wait a minute, so now a wingnut is saying that the "militia" noted in the Constitution (2nd Amendment to it, actually) is now the National Guard?

    Wonder what the NRA and all the gun nuts think about that. They love going on about how the 2nd Amendment means everyone should have guns.

    Posted by: not a wingnut | Dec 20, 2010 11:42:51 AM


  6. There's another one that looks like he spends quite a bit of time in men's room stalls in a "wide stance".

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 20, 2010 11:46:05 AM


  7. Wow. So much for losing the battle with grace and dignity.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Dec 20, 2010 11:48:30 AM


  8. He looks like your typical closeted geek that grew up to be a closeted republican politician with "something to prove".
    Come out buddy. Quit worrying about what gay people do with their lives and get one of your own! Pathetic.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 20, 2010 11:51:27 AM


  9. Avoid Va. as much as possible, Like the Plague....no reason for such a HAtin, Bigoted state to make any money off LGBT peoples, or thier supporters.....LGBT people have NO RIGHTS in Va....NONE!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 20, 2010 11:51:55 AM


  10. "in countries where religions and cultures find homosexual acts immoral, the Obama administration's repeal policy will work to the detriment of all American troops in securing local cooperation with our nation's foreign policy goals."

    So he's advocating a race to the bottom?
    He should be made aware that in many of these places that women, justice, democracy, and many other things are held to be immoral, illegal or inconceivable. Maybe he would feel more at home in a jurisdiction under Sharia law??

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 20, 2010 11:52:10 AM


  11. This is pretty funny because Marshall is so obviously wrong here. As the hateful queens on this board have made so clear, President Obama had nothing to do with this "social experiment" and has even actively worked to prevent it from happening. Marshall must not realize that he and Obama are on the same side of this issue...lol.

    Posted by: Jay | Dec 20, 2010 11:53:31 AM


  12. Oh, Virginia.You continue to make me desperately ashamed to have been born within your ass-backward boundaries.

    I’ll take Manhattan...

    Posted by: ichabod | Dec 20, 2010 11:54:12 AM


  13. No, Virginia, there is no homo clause (anymore).

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 20, 2010 11:54:52 AM


  14. I hope he introduces the legislation and that it passes. Knowing Virginia, the capital of the confederacy, it probably will.

    This is the perfect case to have the federal courts quickly and unequivocally find a broad coverage of equal protection and due process.

    Bring it on, closet boy.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Dec 20, 2010 12:13:11 PM


  15. What a disgusting, pathetic piece of country garbage that man is. I live in Virginia, and let me tell you, there are people like this on every corner. If you aren't in a larger city, it's just not safe or comfortable.

    I guess we just have to wait for these flaccid old fuckers to die off.

    Posted by: Pickles | Dec 20, 2010 12:14:51 PM


  16. Here we go. Of course this should not come as any surprise to us - bigots never step down with any grace or dignity. There will always be termites like this eating away at the promise of a house built on equality.

    Posted by: Jack M | Dec 20, 2010 12:16:16 PM


  17. The homophobia of these conservative white men is disgusting.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Dec 20, 2010 12:17:50 PM


  18. "Not a Wingnut" above is correct; if this legislation were found to pass muster, it would effectively revoke the right to private gun ownership.

    Posted by: deegeezee | Dec 20, 2010 12:21:05 PM


  19. Thank goodness I moved out of VA!

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 20, 2010 12:28:01 PM


  20. BS!!!!!!!!!!! They maybe the Del National Guard BUT THEY ARE UNDER THE Purview and Command of the US ARMY! Period!!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Dec 20, 2010 12:44:42 PM


  21. As I posted earlier on J.M.G.:

    "'...reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the *discipline prescribed by Congress.*'

    Congress just prescribed the discipline, genius. Like it or not, the Federal law in this case trumps anything you will pass on the state level.

    Geez... it's the bloody "nullification" argument all over again.

    Posted by: Rich | Dec 20, 2010 12:47:07 PM


  22. sorry should have read Virginia not Del...

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Dec 20, 2010 12:47:15 PM


  23. "...and the South shall rise again!" Once again, it's an older Southern white Repug male who raises yet another anti-gay issue in spite of Federal law and US Military control of his so-called Virginia "militia". The South indeed has risen again...to the top of the homophobic pile of horse manure. There's no fool like an old fool, Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince WIlliam).

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 20, 2010 1:17:56 PM


  24. This guy looks like he frequents public men's rooms. You can totally picture him at the other side of the glory hole. Those lips have sucked strangers cocks.

    Posted by: topher | Dec 20, 2010 1:21:05 PM


  25. What do you know - the bigot is stupid, too.

    Posted by: Tre | Dec 20, 2010 1:33:54 PM


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