Bil Browning

VA legislator wants to ban gays from National Guard

Filed By Bil Browning | December 20, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

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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.20101219-204947-pic-23920567_s160x244.jpg

"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?

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This can only apply to the State Milita which several states have in addttion to the National Guard. These units report only to the Govenor and are badly euipped as most units have to equip there selfs do to lack of state funds.Guard units are equipped and funded mostly with frderal money and surplus equipment.Even then it may not be legal if Virgina has a version of ENDA on its books.No ENDA type law and it might work.

As the topic of gays in the military is proven not to affect readiness or morale and it does not affect Mr. Marshall I wonder what the real fear is?

Mr. Marshall must have found out that he is not attractive to gay males. I look for him to be the next lawmaker to have a "wide stance" in airport restrooms.

Active homosexuals? What about the passive ones? They're plenty worse than the active ones.

I know, right? I just thought to myself - "So apparently those who can't pick up a trick are welcome."

Maybe gay priests can enlist? Is that the point?