We reported on openly gay prosecutor, Tracy Thorne-Begland’s judicial nomination in Virginia being squashed by Republican social conservatives in the Virginia House of Delegates because of his "homosexual agenda."
Now we’re hearing from one of those delegates. Check out Rep. Bob Marshall’s explanation for his vote after the jump. It’s super logical.
Speaking to CNN, Marshall referred to Thorne-Begland saying, "You could preside as a district judge for a marriage of two guys if he wanted to, in violation of the law." He continued, "Moreover, if you have a bar room fight between a homosexual and heterosexual, I’m concerned about possible bias."
So he’s worried that the gay judge would side with the gay guy in a bar fight? Really? That’s his explanation? What if the fight were between two people of different races—one of whom matched Thorne-Begland’s? Would Marshall have the same concerns about “possible bias?”
Marshall also rejected a comparison to the civil rights movement, telling CNN, "Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office that they broke. Sodomy is not a civil right. It’s not the same as the Civil Rights movement."
We’re not entirely sure what oath of office Thorne-Begland has broken. Maybe Marshall’s thinking in hypotheticals? Like when he'd break his oath after that hypothetical bar fight?
Marshall was also critical of Thorne-Begland’s decision to come out as gay while serving in the Navy and his decision to denounce “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
That was apparently was too strong of an activist stance. Referring to Thorne-Begland, he says,"He can be a prosecutor, if he wants to. We don’t want advocates as judges."
Well, we’re sure Thorne-Begland is glad he has your permission. Thanks for that.