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GOP Delegate: 'Sodomy Is Not A Civil Right:' VIDEO


Bob Marshall, the GOP Virginia delegate who led the right against rejected judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland for the openly gay prosecutor's past LGBT activism, appeared on CNN this morning to explain his decision.

Asked whether times need to change, just as they did with regard to the civil rights and women's rights movements, Marshall replied, “Dr. Martin Luke King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office that they broke. Sodomy is not a civil right. It’s not the same as the Civil Rights movement."

According to Marshall and his allies, Thorne-Begland's work against Don't Ask, Don't Tell put him at odds with the state.

In late 2011, [Thorne-Begland] was critical of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, he criticized our Attorney General simply for explaining what the law of Virginia is with respect to certain protected classes. So he’s gone beyond that. He can be a prosecutor if he wants to, but we don’t want advocates as judges.

Marshall also claims "there's an effort by homosexual lobbyists to link" sodomy with civil rights, which they can't, because being gay is a "pattern of behavior."

Watch Marshall explain himself, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Sodomy is a right both gays and straights have.

    What we want is the liberty to marry, and the right to jobs, housing, and services.

    Posted by: Tim S | May 17, 2012 9:04:24 AM

  2. Sodomy is as much of a civil right as privacy is.

    Posted by: UFFDA | May 17, 2012 9:07:19 AM

  3. *sigh* Lord, these people are obsessed with sex. It says so much about their own relationships -- that their own marriages obviously must be just about sex. Strictly missionary position, apparently.

    Posted by: kit | May 17, 2012 9:08:08 AM

  4. Someone should point out to Marshall that bigotry is a "pattern of behavior" and he could change his.

    Posted by: KEVIN | May 17, 2012 9:12:52 AM

  5. Holding on to ignorance and lying to back up bigotry is the real 'patten of behavior'.

    Posted by: JONES | May 17, 2012 9:27:43 AM

  6. He is a sad exmaple of a person who should have no power in the society.

    Posted by: Matt26 | May 17, 2012 9:42:11 AM

  7. In other Republican news, evolution is still a myth, bigger tax breaks to the 1% will create jobs and 99.9% of the worlds scientists are still trying to dupe us with the climate change lie...... Why would someone choose to remain so ignorant? Beggars the imagination.......

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | May 17, 2012 9:47:27 AM

  8. The sad thing about Virginia is that they had legislators like this way before the Tea Party Revolution. They have a long history of strident anti-gay legislatures and legislators. They are just empowered more than ever in Virginia now.

    Posted by: Javier | May 17, 2012 9:50:04 AM

  9. Republicans may not evolve or even believe in evolution, but they do die. In 10 years Marshall and many like him will be dead or drooling in a nursing home. Time is on our side.

    Posted by: Jon | May 17, 2012 10:08:13 AM

  10. This guy is mentally ill. Only in the US could someone like him be elected.

    Btw, he was supposed to be appointed the lowest court in the state that deals only with minor personal matters. A civil rights case wouldn't even have come into his court room

    Posted by: Steve | May 17, 2012 10:16:55 AM

  11. This is the difference between VT and VA.

    In VA they won't put an "advocate" gay man on a District Court in Richmond.

    In VT we put Beth Robinson, the main advocate of marriage equality in the state, on the SUPREME COURT of VT. And the Governor praised her work for equality at the ceremony. And acknowledged her wife in the audience.

    Posted by: KevinVT | May 17, 2012 10:19:17 AM

  12. Sodomy....LOL

    When I first went down south after I joined the army, one of the most striking things was how wild and party animals the atmosphere was. And it was a swingers paradise both on and off base. This in the 'bible belt', not evil, heathen northeast where I come from. So stuff like this, coming from the usual suspects, always brings a smile to my face. You want to have a gay old time, you could do a lot worse than Robert Marshall's home turf, trust me. You'll probably have an easier time engaging in 'sodomy' there than in the heathen northeast.

    BTW, my comments shouldn't be construed as anti-southern, who I like and respect as a whole. I just find the in your face religious extremism that's especially common among public officials in places south of the Mason-Dixon [and the GROSS hypocrisy] at best amusing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 17, 2012 10:22:15 AM

  13. biblically speaking, Sodomy is the hoarding of wealth and a refusal to share your money and provisions with those less fortunate.

    ezekiel 16. that's the funny thing - the GOP are the actual sodomites of america, demanding to keep their money to themselves and determined to turn all of the USA in a new Sodom where only the wealthy enjoy the benefits of life and everyone else grovels in the street.

    in other news, Congrats to Gay Republicans! This is one of YOUR people. Congrats.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | May 17, 2012 10:30:44 AM

  14. Of course, I'm sure he would want activists as judges if they were anti-abortion activists. And would he oppose the nomination of an anti-abortion activist because their stated political views are in opposition to settled law? I think not. He just thinks gays are gross and is hiding behind his lame legal arguments.

    Posted by: Sam | May 17, 2012 10:34:35 AM

  15. 1) Many people say 'God hates gays' and keep using the word 'God'. The fact is Jesus Christ (being the foundation of Christianity) NEVER CONDEMNED HOMOSEXUALITY ! So either those people are taking GOP as GOD, which by the way GOP are indeed one of the biggest bigot, or those religious nuts are worshiping a different 'God' other than Jesus. Either way homophobes bigots are ANTICHRIST !

    2) To Christianity, they are followers of Christ and it's clearly stated that they should follow his top commandments which are above all other laws. The top commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. So again, religious nuts are ANTICHRIST when they bring others laws to be above those of Jesus top commandments!

    Posted by: Simon | May 17, 2012 11:01:02 AM

  16. Some straight people are obsessed with us having sex because they don't get enough! Oh, and I think sodomy includes oral sex, so none of that, you Christians!

    Posted by: Jack M | May 17, 2012 11:24:36 AM

  17. Some people say God created Adam and Eve.
    Our answer : Adam and Eve were the GREATEST SINNERS OF THEIR TIME, CONDEMNED, BANISHED AND KICKED OUT BY GOD from the garden of Eden! Outch!!

    Posted by: Simon | May 17, 2012 11:27:10 AM

  18. Wackos are elected everywhere, not just in the US. In most countries, though, with parliamentary systems, the backbenchers are essentially cut off from the press and don't get much discretion in what they can say to the public.

    Posted by: anon | May 17, 2012 11:59:01 AM

  19. Sex sells, sex scares.

    Posted by: David R. | May 17, 2012 1:53:30 PM

  20. Apparently, he's unaware that the United States Supreme Court, that bastion of radical liberalism, has determined that consensual sodomy IS a civil right.

    But the law of the land, like facts, have never inhibited him in the past and they continue to have no hold on him.

    Shame on him, and shame on the people who elected him.

    Posted by: Anon in VA | May 17, 2012 2:51:12 PM

  21. SEE! This is what happens when you break up with someone via text. They get all bitter and then turn against all the gays.

    Bob Marshall just needed some closure from his college bf.

    No more text message break ups!

    Posted by: JP | May 17, 2012 3:23:42 PM

  22. Haaa !

    It's not a Civil Right, unless you're straight !

    Posted by: NVTodd | May 18, 2012 4:11:19 AM

  23. Did he really say "Martin Luke King"? Does he know that Rosa Parks was not a government official (unless you count being a secretary to a US Congressman) and it is unlikely she took any oath of office?

    Posted by: frequentwind706 | May 18, 2012 1:59:31 PM

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