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Why VA GOP Lawmaker Voted No On Gay Judge: “Sodomy Is Not A Civil Right”

The hubbub continues over the GOP’s rejection of Tracy Thorne-Begland as a judge for Virginia State. Thorne-Begland is an openly gay lawyer, has served on the board of Equality Virginia, and is a former fighter pilot who was discharged from the Navy twice for being gay.

Bob Marshall, the Republican House delegate who let the charge against the gay veteran, went on CNN to defend his discrimination today, echoing the fact that they didn’t want an “activist judge.”

“Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office that they broke,” said Marshall (right). “Sodomy is not a civil right. It’s not the same as the Civil Rights movement.”

Marshall attacked Thorne-Begland for being critical of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: “He criticized our Attorney General simply for explaining what the law of Virginia is with respect to certain protected classes. So he’s gone beyond that. He can be a prosecutor if he wants to, but we don’t want advocates as judges.”

Let that be a lesson to you, children of Virginia: If you want to be a judge when you grow up, don’t take a stand on anything, ever.

Marshall’s in the GOP primary for a State Senate seat this year, but he’s polling below 10%, thank God.

From someone who’s proposed a bill saying that Virginia’s National Guard should not let gays openly serve because gay enlistees will give straight guards AIDS, low numbers are well deserved.

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           May 17, 2012
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  • 17 Comments
    • Mark Keesling
      Mark Keesling

      What about heterosexual couples who practice sodomy? There is SO much Hetero porn out there that depicts this “depravity,” yet there is no hoopla about that. What gives?

      May 17, 2012 at 9:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1equalityUSA
      1equalityUSA

      Can Tracy Thorne-Begland sue these jerks?

      May 17, 2012 at 10:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      The line about “we don’t want advocates as judges” is really absurd beyond any reason. Almost every judge was a lawyer before being appointed to the bench. In their jobs as lawyers, they _all_ were “advocates” for their clients.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kamuriie
      Kamuriie

      Sodomy IS a civil right. Sorry, asshole, but if you’ve got a problem with that–(see Lawrence v. Texas)–take it up with SCOTUS.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kamuriie
      Kamuriie

      Or, I should say, the right to the privacy to engage in it, is a right. :) Technicalities.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andrew
      andrew

      regardless of whether sodomy is a civil right or not, WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH BEING A JUDGE??

      These right wingers are out of control and we need to do something about this ASAP!!!

      May 17, 2012 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John
      John

      @Kamuriie: That would be the SCOTUS of 2003, I’m not so sure about today. unfortunately.

      May 17, 2012 at 11:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marie Cohn
      Marie Cohn

      Virginia is for Haters.

      May 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      Come on GOProuders we are still waiting for you to weigh in on this and tell us all how the GOP isn’t totally anti-LGBT.

      May 17, 2012 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe37
      Scribe37

      @Chuck: Lol. They get so silent
      Don’t they?

      May 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      If being an asshole, apparently is a civil right, then so is sodomy.

      Channeling @Kamuriie on that one. No shade.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Belize
      Belize

      @Chuck: Queen Bee, jason, and royal consort, JayKay, are still in the closet/coffin. They’re not allowed to be in the sun since they might sparkle and their fellow red-state nut jobs may realize that they’re indeed “of the gay.”

      May 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MarkG
      MarkG

      @John: Lawrence v Texas was reaffirmed in the Christian Legal Society Case just last year.. Sodomy is privacy matter and all laws about them (involving consenting adults) are unconstitutional. End of story.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • NYGMATGM
      NYGMATGM

      @Mark Keesling: It’s only called sodomy when it’s between two men. When the politicos do it it’s called “Something you might get on your anniversary if your wife is drunk”

      May 17, 2012 at 6:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny
      Danny

      He just an angry politician who finally realized he is sitting in a room with other politicians violating the human rights of hundreds of millions of people and cannot compel any of those people to maintain the rule of law under a government that does such mass human rights violations. Just like in the first Civil War, politicians must rely on the good nature of those they have harmed because they have no actual power to maintain the rule of law – they are a couple hundred people violating the human rights of millions and millions. Politicians don’t like being reminded they lose the power to rule when they violate human rights; no rational sane person upholds any government that violates their human rights or the human rights of their family and friends. Don’t people learn from history at all.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny
      Danny

      He is just an angry politician who finally realized he is sitting in a room with other politicians violating the human rights of hundreds of millions of people and cannot compel any of those people to maintain the rule of law under a government that does such mass human rights violations. Just like in the first Civil War, politicians must rely on the good nature of those they have harmed because they have no actual power to maintain the rule of law – they are a couple hundred people violating the human rights of millions and millions. Politicians don’t like being reminded they lose the power to rule when they violate human rights; no rational sane person upholds any government or law that violates their human rights or the human rights of their family and friends. Don’t people learn from history at all. Politicians get so caught up in being partisan, clinging to power, and raise money to pay themselves and their staff that they forget or willfully abandon the basic requirements needed to rule in the first place which is sad but predictable based on all of world history.

      May 17, 2012 at 7:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • me2
      me2

      Remember Del.Bob Marshall, every time you lick your wife’s old grey-haired pussy you’re committing “sodomy” too. But the US Supreme Court says that it is OK — because it is a constitutionally protected act. Now, will you please take your nose out of our collective ass and go back to lapping your silver cat’s gash?

      May 18, 2012 at 1:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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