It seems like only yesterday that Virginia state representative Bob Marshall was names ISBL's Asshat of the Week and.....what's that? It was yesterday? See post HERE.
But it gets worse. The Virginia General Assembly rejected a man for a Richmond judgeship because he's gay. I mean, they say they have other reasons, like they say he might not uphold the Virginia law that says marriage is between one man and one woman.
But really, it's because he's gay. And has a partner. And they have children.
Virginia conservatives argued that Tracy Thorne-Begland 's support for gay marriage and his challenge to the military’s now-defunct “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy make him unfit for the bench. The House of Delegates voted 33 to 31, with 10 abstentions, to make Thorne-Begland a General District Court judge in Richmond, but he needed 51 votes in the 100-member chamber to win appointment.
And why did pissy Bobby Marshall vote against Thorne-Begland? “He holds himself out as being married,” Marshall said.
And he won't have a man being married to a man on the bench.
And even the Virginia Senate chickened out; they didn't vote on the nomination itself, but the Republicans killed it by passing it by for the day--the very last of this year’s General Assembly session. The decision to pass it by cleared cleanly along party lines, although one Democrat, Yvonne Miller didn't vote.
Democratic Senator Adam Ebbin, Virginia’s first openly gay state senator, was sickened by the way this was handled. “The debate in the House of Delegates was homophobic and embarrassing and showed disrespect to a chief deputy commonwealth attorney and decorated veteran who was honorably discharged. It’s offensive that the Senate wouldn’t even grant Lt. Thorne-Begland the courtesy of a vote.”
And even the governor, one of the biggest wingnuts in the GOP, Bob McDonnell said, through a spokesman that a judicial nominee’s sexual orientation should not be an issue: “The Governor believes candidates for judicial vacancies must be considered based solely on their merit, record, aptitude and skill. No other factors should ever be considered and the Governor has long made clear that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not acceptable in state government.”
Let's end with some more bigotry and just plain ignorance, from Granny Panty Pissy Bobby Marshall, who actually said, “I would guess--law of averages--we’ve probably nominated people who have homosexual inclinations.”
First off, Pissy, it isn't an inclination. My inclination is to believe you are a closeted self-loathing homosexual who is so petrified of being outed that even voting for an openly gay nominee to a district court sends you into a tailspin of hate.
That's an inclination, asshat.
But then Marshall goes on to get more pissy because Tracy Thorne-Begland came out as a gay Naval officer on “Nightline” more than twenty ago to challenge DADT. Marshall says the action amounted not just to insubordination, but to a waste of taxpayer dollars, since it resulted in his dismissal from the Navy: “The Navy spent $1 million training him. That’s cheating the country out of the investment in him.”
Oh, Pissy, you are just too stupid. He didn't come out so he could leave the military and waste the taxpayer dollars that trained him; he came out because he didn't want to live a life as a hypocrite and a liar.
You should try it.