In yet another black eye for a once proud state, Virginia state delegate Robert G. Marshall has announced that he'll introduce a bill in the state legislature seeking to bar "active homosexuals" from the National Guard. He claims the Constitution gives states the right to organize militias and the Virginia Guard units fall under the state's jurisdiction.
"With the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' President Obama seeks to pay back his homosexual political supporters," the Prince William County Republican said, echoing a sentiment shared by many of the repeal's most ardent opponents. "This policy will weaken military recruitment and retention, and will increase pressure for a military draft."
"The Constitution never would have been ratified if states were not [guaranteed] unqualified control of the militia, now called the National Guard," he said.
But Claire Gastanaga, legislative counsel for Equality Virginia, a gay-rights group, said the National Guard is a federal military unit subject to the same rules as other federal military units and that "any state statute seeking to set different standards for the Virginia National Guard would be a nullity with no effect."
They'll stop at nothing to denigrate us and try to keep us in our position as second place citizens, won't they?