JURISPRUDENCE

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.