Robert Marshall, a Republican Delegate in Virginia explains to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin why he chose to vote against the judicial nomination of gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland.
When presented with the progress of the Civil Rights Movement as well as the fact that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been repealed, Marshall was asked if he thought times have changed and that Begland could be given a chance. His reply was shocking. So much so that if you listen closely to the audio, you can hear a gasp after he replies.
Here’s the video:
Marshall: “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…In late 2011 (Thorne-Begland) was critical of the 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.”
He added, “When I was in public school … we all said, ‘Keep us from temptation.’ This was because we said the Lord’s Prayer. Nobody, nobody — should go where they’ll be tempted. That includes me, that includes you, that includes you, that includes a prospective judge.”
Earlier this week, Marshall, had threatened to offer an amendment to try to block Thorne-Begland’s nomination if the state General Assembly didn’t vote to reject him, calling the prosecutor an “aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda.”
Yet another example of ignorance and intolerance from the right. The fact that Marshall pulled “Sodomy is not a civil right.” out of the blue when being questioned about a gay prosecutor is very telling.