Give it a rest, Side-Show Bob. Del. Marshall must think Virginia won the Civil War and that the Old Dominion is not part of the United States.
It seems that Marshall wants gays banned from the Virginia National Guard. He says history is on his side. According to the News and Messenger:
Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, said he will introduce legislation in the 2011 General Assembly that would prevent gays from serving openly in the Virginia National Guard.
He said he has history on his side.
According to numerous Internet sources, Lt. Gotthold Frederick Enslin was drummed out of the Continental Army on sodomy charges in 1778.
“The policy started with George Washington. This is not something that’s brand new, but the press has largely ignored it because they don’t read history,” Marshall said.
Policies restricting gays from serving in the military have been in place since Lt. Enslin was dismissed.
Marshall said the recent repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy — put in place by President Bill Clinton — was simply President Barack Obama’s appeasement of the left wing of the Democratic party.
Perhaps Marshall would like to see what the Log Cabin Republicans have to say about all this? Were they against repeal of DADT? Marshall’s logic is flawed. George Washington’s family owned slaves also. Much has changed since Washington’s day. Hell, they even let the little woman vote nowadays.
Marshall droned on:
This is going to precipitate a need for the draft,” he said.
Marshall also said he had the U.S. Constitution on his side and that federal law couldn’t trump state law when it comes to militias. He said he believes his legislation would stand up against federal law.
“Article 1, section 8, clause 16 gives exclusive control of the militia, of the selection of the officers to the militia — which we now call the National Guard — to states and the training thereof as prescribed by Congress,” Marshall said.
Clause 16 states:
“To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.”
If the Virginia National Guard is called to federal duty some provisions might need to be made, but the feds can’t dictate how the states control their militias, Marshall said.
“They may effect attitude restructuring courses which have nothing to do with military preparedness and defense once the troops are federalized, but they can’t announce that we’re going to have people who engage in sodomy and other health debilitating behaviors on our recruitment list,” Marshall said. “Obama can do it for his army, but he can’t do it for the National Guard of Virginia.”
Perhaps Marshall should concentrate on transportation, jobs, the economy, and paying back the VRS. There are important issues out there and he wants take up important legislative time over this? Does he want to get the Old Dominion sued over a civil rights issue? The AG has already started down that path when he first came into office.
Conservatives need to rein in this pack of fools before we are tied up in court for years.