Attempt to Ban Gays in Virginia National Guard Dies in Committee

Before the holidays, I posted about Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William, pictured) and his attempt to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard.

A House committee has killed the measure: Marshall

The House Rules panel dispatched House Bill 2474, the proposed ban sponsored by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, over what members called practical considerations.

Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, said different standards for members of the state's Guard versus other service members could present a "management and leadership nightmare" if they were to serve together.

And he questioned the effects of such a change on federal funding.

Marshall said he didn't agree with the management concerns and argued that the state already has some different standards for the National Guard than the U.S. armed forces without triggering funding disruptions.

The WaPo adds

Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) has also written that the federal government could withhold more than $200 million in funding for Virginia's National Guard if the state bucked federal policy, a concern cited by several committee members. McDonnell has said he believes Virginia should follow federal policy.

The same subcommittee committee also voted to kill a bill proposed by Del. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) to require the guard to follow federal recruitment standards.

Morrissey left the meeting steamed after House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford), who chairs the committee, allowed the group to vote before he'd presented the bill.


  1. RWG says

    “practical considerations”

    Those would be Virginia losing 100s of millions of dollars in DOD money, lost equipment, bases moving out of the state and denial of training opportunities with other state’s Guards.

    As Ron White said, “you can’t fix stupid.”

  2. says

    Just as in so many other ways, there’s an historical parallel to the racial integration of the military. National Guard units were the last to integrate, with some ten states with no blacks in their Guard by the time Kennedy became President. And it took the same threat of losing federal dollars to finally get them to come around.

  3. says

    The Natonal Guard must be a respectable organization. I think that this was a good attempt. To bad that it wasn`t approved. I agree with you ICHABOB, all is forgotten when it comes to money.

  4. Steven says

    Delegate Marshall sponsored the Marshall-Newman Amendment

    Wikipedia: The Marshall-Newman Amendment also referred to as the Virginia Marriage Amendment is an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that defines marriage as solely between one man and one woman and bans recognition of any legal status “approximating the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage”. The amendment was ratified by 57% of the voters on November 7, 2006

    Marshall is the reason I cannot marry my life partner in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Delegate Bob Marshall is a former lobbyist for a Catholic anti-abortion and birth control organization, American Life League. He’s still employed by this organization.

    Lastly, Delegate Bob Marshall, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Governor Bob McDonnell are members of the Catholic faith.

    These politicians are members of the Knights of Columbus, which I believe is operating as a religious political entity and should be investigated by the VBOE, FEC and IRS. It’s nothing short of a Catholic Cabal, with key members throughout Virginia’s government institutions.

    Pope Benedict XVI is the Puppet Master of Virginia politics.

  5. BobN says

    I never thought I’d live to see the day when Virginia turned down an opportunity to dump on teh gays.

    Yes, the rejection is half-assed and hardly supportive, but still…