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Virginia House Subcommittee Kills Anti-gay 'License to Discriminate' Bill

A bill that would have allowed religious-based discrimination against gays failed to pass a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee Thursday, the Washington Blade reports:

MarshallHouse Bill 1414, which state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) introduced last month, specifically cited “same-sex ‘marriage’ or homosexual behavior.”

“Equality Virginia applauds the subcommittee for voting against this discriminatory and destructive bill,” said James Parrish, executive director of Equality Virginia, a statewide LGBT advocacy group. “This bill would have hurt too many people, damaged our business climate, and highlighted Virginia as a hostile and unwelcoming place to live and work. The majority of Virginians agree that discrimination against LGBT people is wrong, and thankfully today’s vote reflects that opinion.”

Marshall (pictured) is the same anti-gay wingnut who last year sought to impeach Virginia's attorney general Mark Herring for refusing to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court. He has also spoken at length about his belief that “sodomy is not a civil right.”


Wingnut Bob Marshall Introduces 'Unethical, Abusive And Dangerous' Anti-Gay Legislation in Virginia

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c73089a3970b-800wiAnti-gay bigot and Virginia Republican delegate Bob Marshall has introduced new legislation that would allow for widespread discrimination against LGBT people in the state, reports LGBTQ Nation.

Marshall is no stranger to anti-gay policy making - in 2006, he co-authored Virginia’s constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

The new bill HB 1414 states that “a person shall not be required to perform, assist, consent to, or participate in any action or refrain from performing, assisting, consenting to, or participating in any action as a condition of obtaining or renewing a government-issued license, registration, or certificate where such condition would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex marriage or homosexual behavior.”

Greg Nevins of Lambda Legal, who fought the state’s ban on same-sex marriage last year, said a bill as broad in scope as HB 1414 would allow a doctor to refuse to prescribe HIV medication to a gay man, or a therapist to refuse counseling to an individual in a same-sex relationship.

He added that it “threatens the mental and physical health of Virginia residents...is unconstitutional...unethical, abusive and dangerous.”

Although the bill could pass both the Republican-majority House and Senate, openly gay delegate Mark Sickles said he believes Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe would veto the measure.

Last year, Marshall called for the impeachment of Attorney General Mark Herring over his refusal to defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in court.


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.


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