Virginia’s favorite homophobe is back at it again.
Bob Marshall is a delegate to Virginia’s General Assembly (that’s like a legislature in other states, for your civics enthusiasts). In the past Mr. Marshall has tried to ban gay marriage by authoring a constitutional amendment, tried to get a judge kicked off the bench for being gay, and tried to impeach the state’s attorney general for not defending the state’s ban on gay marriage in court. If he keeps this up people might start thinking he doesn’t like gay people.
Well he is keeping it up…and big time for gay people (yes that was a pun). Now the delegate is sponsoring a bill that will allow businesses and their employees to deny service to people who aren’t just gay, married gay…but exhibiting gay behavior. Maybe Mr. Marshall can write a manual on gay behavior so the rest of us can identify it.
The bill HB 1414 states “a person shall not be required to perform, assist, consent to, or participate in any action or refrain from performing, assisting, consenting to, or participating in any action as a condition of obtaining or renewing a government-issued license, registration, or certificate where such condition would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex marriage or homosexual behavior.”
Basically it’s a law to discriminate.
Can this bill pass in Virginia? Yes. It just might pass the Republican controlled General Assembly. It’s already headed to a very homophobe-friendly committee. Will it fly past the liberal Democratic governor’s desk? Hell freaking no.
Some of us in Virginia are actually living in the modern age.
I know it’s a bold generalization and people might say it’s not fair…but I’m not a fair person: It’s pretty clear where people like Bob Marshall would have stood in Nazi Germany or in the deep South during the Civil Rights Era.
I don’t expect many of my clients to run this, if any. It’s a Virginia issue and most of my clients are outside Virginia. The ones in Virginia might be afraid of this. But ya’ know, I did this for myself and my blog readers. I did this because I can. I don’t have an editor which means I don’t have anyone that can say no.