Virginia Lawmaker Seeks to Impeach AG Mark Herring For Refusing to Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Bob marshallRabidly anti-gay Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (right) is calling for the impeachment of Attorney General Mark Herring (below) over his refusal to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in court.

In an email to supporters, Marshall accused Herring of “removing all standards against same sex or sodomy ‘marriage’ in America, to the detriment of children and the well-being of society.”

The Washington Post reports:

Marshall (R-Prince William) took the rare step [towards impeachment inquiry] Thursday, two days after spotting Herring at a federal appeals court hearing over the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Herring’s support for overturning that ban and his decision last month to grant in-state college tuition to some Virginians who came to the country illegally as children are among the actions that pushed Marshall to action.

Mark herringOutside the courthouse in Richmond, which was besieged by protesters, Marshall and his wife bumped into a woman pushing a baby stroller and wearing an “Impeach Herring” button.

“It was my guardian angel saying, ‘Go ahead and do it,’ ” Marshall said in a telephone interview Thursday evening.

Marshall insisted the gesture is sincere and not meant merely as political theater. But opposition from the Republican speaker of the House of Delegates, where the state constitution calls for impeachment proceedings to begin, makes Marshall’s chances slim.

Marshall also threatened to impeach any judge who might overturn bans on same-sex marriage.

Marshall is well-known in Virginia for his past anti-gay campaigns, including his attempts blocking gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, blocking the Gay Pride flag from being flown at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, and blocking a judicial nominee on the grounds that he was “an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda.” He has also spoken at length about his belief that “sodomy is not a civil right.”


  1. JOEw says

    Could the Democrats please start playing the same games and start impeaching GOP dingbats on the basis of stupid, or at the very least, false representation on governing capacity?

    When your IQ is so low you can’t even be bothered to look-up the definitions of words such as Democracy, you should NOT be allowed to govern!

  2. Diamondillium says

    Ok, so impeach anyone who strikes down or refuses to defend the unconstitutional. Got it.

    Reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld’s dad who was impeached from his condo committee, ultimately for stupid reasons when voters were questioned.
    “… Not because he thinks you stole the money, but mainly because you never thanked him for giving you his aisle seat at Freddy Roman’s show.”

    what does this parallel mean to me? That anti-gay authority figures are as demented and senile as Floridian senior citizens.

  3. Chuck Mielke says

    Again, we see the conservative ding-bat’s fascination/revulsion over sex — especially sex they’re not getting.

    If “sodomy isn’t a civil right,” the alternative must be government intrusion into everyone’s bedrooms. Does Del. Marshall want to show off his equipment or technique?

  4. Diamondillium says

    Dear Chuck Mielke,

    Let’s not forget that so-called “sodomy” is primarily a heterosexual activity anyway. More heterosexuals are doing it than there are gay people.

    But these anti-gay living breathing monsters don’t care about the sexual stuff heterosexuals do [they do all the same stuff gays do; I was shocked years ago when figuring that out]. They only care when gays do it.

    Among the many things anti-gays don’t understand, they don’t seem to get that f***ing a girl in the ass isn’t ‘procreative’ either.

  5. Jim says

    Even his own party has had enough of this clown. These stunts are the desperation PR tactics of a guy who knows that being an obscure, powerless state legislator is as far as he’s going in politics unless a miracle happens. I imagine that the Virginia Republican powers that be are actively recruiting candidates to run against him in the next party primary and bring his ignoble career to an end.

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