“If he [Virginia AG Mark Herring] can’t tell the difference between gender and race, he has a deficient intellect. And if the state and federal judiciary – as such – if they can’t tell the front of the human body from the back, nor distinguish male from female, but claim to have clairvoyant powers that anybody that disagrees with them is animated by hate – these people shouldn’t be judging a spelling bee, much less sitting in judgment over the must fundamental institution of humankind. This is not simply something religious, although I’ll tell you what – nothing is wrong about religious people having a say in the public policies of this United States. Who is out there working to defend civil rights? Ministers of all denominations! Were they acting unconstitutionally or acting immoral? No, I don’t think so. You can’t tell me sodomy is some of a predicate for marriage.” – Virginia Del. Bob Marshall, speaking to local talk radio. (Tipped by JMG reader Blair)
PREVIOUSLY ON JMG: Last week Marshall filed an amendment that would grant Virginia state legislators the right to claiming standing in marriage lawsuits. In September 2013, Marshall petitioned the US Supreme Court to overturn Virginia’s legalization of sodomy. In May 2012, Marshall attempted to block the appointment of an openly gay state judge because the nominee has “an illegal husband.” In 2011 Del. Bob Marshall claimed it is a felony for a state office to fly the rainbow flag. Marshall has also called on Virginia to issue its own currency, and has claimed that God punishes women who have abortions by giving them deformed children. After the DADT repeal bill passed, Marshall tried to have gays banned from the Virginia National Guard.