If there was any question that Delegate Bob Marshall “led the charge,” as he put it, against judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland due to his sexual orientation, this should put it to rest:
A week after making the assertion that “sodomy is not a civil right,” Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, stood by his remarks during a campaign visit to a tea party meeting.
“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.”
Many conservatives have defended their opposition to Thorne-Begland’s appointment by claiming that he was an activist for gay rights, a position that puts him in direct opposition to the Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia Constitution. To this I say: It is tellingly ironic that Republicans voted down the appointment of a judicial nominee due to his insistence that government stay out of people’s lives.
So much for “limited government.”