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Republican Wingnut Rep. Frank Wolf Blasts Presbyterian Decision To Allow Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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Virginia Republican Representative Frank Wolf took to the House floor Tuesday in a pre-retirement rant regarding the Presbyterian church’s decision to allow same-sex marriage.

We recently reported that anti-gay bigot Bob Marshall intends to run in the upcoming race to succeed Wolf.

 During the four minute speech, Wolf had the following to say about same-sex marriage:

“After several years of internal discussion and debate the assembly voted overwhelmingly to take a position which runs counter to the counsel of Scripture, which defines marriage as divinely inspired joining of one man and one woman.”

Arguing that the church has historically been “a bulwark against the cultural whims of the day,” Wolf went on to say:

“In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, "Haven't you read...that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh?  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore, what God has joined together let man not separate."

This passage, and others like it, remind me of Reverend Billy Graham's comment in the lead-up to the 2012 North Carolina ballot initiative regarding marriage, when he remarked, "The Bible is clear - God's definition of marriage is between a man and a woman."

Watch Wolf’s June 24 speech in full, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.”


Anti-gay Bigot Bob Marshall Running for Congress in Virginia

Notoriously anti-gay Virginia legislator Bob Marshall is expected to announce his candidacy for Congress in the state’s 10th district sometime this week. The district, which leans conservative but is considered a battleground, already has five other GOP candidates running in the upcoming race to succeed retiring Rep. Frank Wolf.  

In a letter sent to supporters detailing his intentions to run, Marshall was sure to highlight his social conservative credentials to help stand out from the crowded Republican pack:

Bob marshallAs the author of Virginia’s “One-Man, One-Woman” Marshall-Newman Marriage Amendment, which was overwhelmingly ratified by Virginians in 2006, I believe in the Founders’ vision for respecting the laws of “Nature and Nature’s God.”

Equality of persons does not mean equality of behavior. I believe in and have fought for equality for all of my 23 years in Richmond, but I believe in the traditional purpose and sanctity of marriage, and believe that governments should respect the concept of traditional marriage.

I am currently taking on Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring, who is leading the assault against this Marriage Amendment, as well as ignoring other obligations and responsibilities as Virginia’s attorney general to enforce the state constitution and state laws.  I have spent my career protecting the U.S. and Virginia constitutions, and vow to continue to do so, no matter what.

I have fought for these things because I believe in God, America, freedom, self-governance, and the power of the individual.  My actions and my record reflect my beliefs.  I haven’t spent decades with polls and focus groups, and my record speaks for itself.

Marshall is well-known in Virginia for his past anti-gay obstructionist campaigns, including his attempt to block gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, block the Gay Pride flag from being flown at the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank, and block 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.”


Tracy Thorne-Begland Appointed To Richmond District Court, Becomes Virginia's First Openly Gay Judge

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Whoa. This is quite a turnaround.

This morning I mentioned that lawmakers and lawyers were putting pressure on the Circuit Court in Richmond, Virginia, to appoint openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to the District Court, an appointment that was just rejected last month by the state's General Assembly.

Now comes word from both the Washington Post and a local CBS affiliate WTVR that Circuit Court judges have appointed Thorne-Begland for what may only be a temporary position. The General Assembly can overturn the decision when they return to session.

Democratic State Senator A. Donald McEachin released a statement congratulating Thorne-Begland, saying, "I have always had and continue to have the utmost confidence in Mr. Thorne-Begland’s ability to serve our community and I am gratified to see that the circuit court judges share my confidence.”

Not all Virginia lawmakers are so happy, however. Reliably conservative Republican Delegate Bob Marshall told WTVR that the decision puts the judges at odds with lawmakers who appointed them and that to put Thorne-Begland, a former Air Force pilot who spoke out against Don't Ask, Don't Tell before its repeal, was a "disgrace."

“To place someone on the board like that who, when he was offered an opportunity to rebut a presumption that he wasn’t committing a felony, under the uniform code of military justice, declined to do so, is a disgrace," said Marshall.


Anti-Gay Lawmaker On Civil Rights And Sodomy

6a00d8341c730253ef0148c8455b70970c-250wiDelegate Robert G. Marshall, Virginia legislator, is one of those "straight" men who can't stop thinking about the gays. We drive him nuts. Last February he was trying to keep gays out of the VA National Guard; last June he was trying to keep the VA Fed from flying the rainbow flag. Earlier this month he was stomping all over Tracy Thorne-Begland, the Richmond attorney who was about to become a District Court judge. (Now Thorne-Begland will not be a judge.)

Last Thursday found Marshall addressing a gathering of Tea Partiers in his home-state. It was a campaign stop, more or less: Marshall's running for the United States Senate. There, Marshall elaborated on his gayhating, evincing some confusion over the meaning of the term "civil right." From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

"If sodomy is a civil right, do we have to protect it? Do we have to fund it? Do we have to teach it? Do we have to encourage it? Do we have to facilitate it?" Marshall said in an interview Thursday after an appearance at a Charlottesville meeting of the Jefferson Area Tea Party. "It is not a civil right," he added.

Marshall also said that gay sex "cuts your life by about 20 years."

Later, Marshall appeared on CNN to further explain himself. From the Dispatch:

"Did you ever see water fountains in Virginia that say heterosexuals only? I didn't. Did you ever see statements that all the homosexuals are going to ride on one bus and heterosexuals on the other? No," Marshall said.

"It is an insult to suggest that the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks are in any way parallel to the efforts to do things that have been criminal for most of this nation's history."


Virginia House Rejects Judge Nominee Because He is Gay

Yesterday I posted about Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall's campaign to reject Tracy Thorne-Begland (pictured), a Richmond attorney, from a list of proposed District Court judicial appointments, because Thorne-Begland is gay.

BeglundMarshall won, the WaPo reports:

The House of Delegates voted 33 to 31, with 10 abstentions, to make Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland a General District Court judge in Richmond. He had needed 51 votes in the 100-member chamber to win appointment.

“He holds himself out as being married,” said Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who is running for U.S. Senate. Noting that gay marriage is not legal in Virginia, he said that Thorne-Begland’s “life is a contradiction to the requirement of submission to the constitution.”

Said Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Virginia’s first openly gay senator: “The debate in the House of Delegates was homophobic and embarrassing and showed a disrespect to a chief deputy commonwealth attorney and decorated veteran who was honorably discharged. It’s offensive that the Senate wouldn’t even grant Lt. Thorne-Begland the courtesy of a vote.”


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