Anti-gay Virginia Republican delegate Bob Marshall has said that anyone opposing the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act are implying that “heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest”
Anti-gay Virginia Republican delegate Bob Marshall has said opponents of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) are implying that “heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest,” reports Right Wing Watch.
In January, Marshall introduced the new legislation that would allow for widespread discrimination against LGBT people in the state. In 2006, he co-authored Virginia’s constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
Speaking with radio host John Fredericks, Marshall took issue with a letter written by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe inviting businesses to relocate to his state’s “open, inclusive and thriving business environment.” Such statements, Marshall complained, are derogatory to straight people:
“When you actually look at the rhetoric, that you need these laws to hire the best and the brightest, that kind of like is a sweeping statement that says that heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest.”
Marshall also objected to claims that religious conscience clauses would diminish the rights of gay people:
“My question is, what possible rights can a person who has this inclination have that you don’t have right now? I mean, homosexuals go to public schools, they can go to colleges, they vote, they drive cars, they have businesses, they go to country clubs. I don’t know what else is needed.”
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