Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today in Homophobia

Here’s the latest entry in the ongoing contest between some states to prove which one has the most bigoted and ignorant state legislature.

Today’s contestant: Virginia. Fresh from their attempt to force a woman to have an ultrasound probe inserted against her will, we now have the other side of the coin: gay-bashing just for the fun of it.

Delegate Bob Marshall said he will seek to remove the name of Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland from a list of proposed District Court judicial appointments.

“I don’t even think it’s proper to put his name forward because of his behavior,” said Marshall, who called Thorne-Begland “a homosexual activist,” in a press release.

Thorne-Begland has been nominated to serve as a judge for Richmond’s General District Court, but, Marshall challenges the nomination on the grounds of the prosecutor’s sexual orientation.

“We have a constitution which says marriage is between one man and one woman and if he’s taking an oath, he has to uphold and defend that as a judge,” said Marshall.

“If his lifestyle is exactly contrary to that… I don’t see how he could do that,” he said.

The questionable behavior by Mr. Thorne-Begland was to voice his opposition to Don’t Ask Don’t Tell while he was serving in the Navy. That got him discharged under that now-dead law. And that’s the reason Delegate Marshall got his tits in an uproar.

I suppose in Delegate Marshall’s tortured mind, it’s okay to be gay (hate the sin, love the sinner and all that crap), but to be open about it and actually voice an opinion about a stupid law, well, that just goes way over the line and your impartiality is thereby destroyed.

If Thomas Jefferson was alive, this would kill him.

Oh, look; we have a late entry from New Hampshire. This contest is getting exciting.