Bob Marshall targets openly gay judical nominee: Part 2
From the Washington Post:
Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who is running for U.S. Senate, said he will seek to remove the name of “homosexual activist” Tracy Thorne-Begland from the list of 41 nominees for judgeships that the General Assembly will consider appointing Monday afternoon.
Thorne-Begland, Richmond prosecutor for the past 12 years, came out as a gay Naval officer on national TV 20 years ago to challenge the military’s now-abandoned “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. A former board member of the gay rights group Equality Virginia, he has since spoken out in favor of same-sex marriage. He and his partner, a Richmond lawyer, are raising twins.
Marshall called him “an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda.”
“After more than a week of pleading by some Republican Caucus members, the House Republican leadership has so far declined to [remove] Mr. Thorne-Begland’s name from the block of nominees,” Marshall in a written statement. “If this situation remains unchanged, I will offer an amendment to remove his name.”
Marshall’s statement followed one issued Friday by the Family Foundation of Virginia, which also contended that Thorne-Begland was unfit for the bench because he had spoken out against “don’t ask, don’t tell” and in favor of same-sex marriage. The latter is not legal in Virginia.
Does it surprise us that Sideshow Bob Marshall is leading the pack against this man? Does he ever think that he is being biased? Basically, I doubt if he cares. He has his own agenda. He would be the first person to howl if someone spoke this way against him because of his…oh…religion. He would be right. You cannot discriminate on the basis of religion. We need to add sexual orientation to that list of attibutes that excempt people from discrimination.
Marshall stated that Mr. Thorne-Begland had spoken out against DADT and in favor of same sex marriage and emphasiszed that the later is not leal in Virginia. Being a native Virginian, I am curious. How do we change laws unless we speak out against them?
Would I become unfit for office if I advocated for medical marijuana? How about lowering the drinking age to 20? How about drunk driving limit changed to 0.1 rather than 0.08? All those things are illegal at present.
As I see it, anyone can advocate for laws to be changed. To intimate that Americans asking for change are anything less than good Americans is…UnAmerican.