And in today’s winningest example of bigoted doublespeak, we have Bob Marshall, Republican delegate of Virginia:
A Virginia Republican delegate who led the effort to defeat the nomination of a gay Richmond prosecutor to a post on the general district court defended his opposition to the nomination, questioning how he would rule in the case of a “bar room fight between a homosexual and heterosexual” and added that “sodomy is not a civil right.”
Rejecting a comparison to the civil rights movement, Marshall said on 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.”
However, Marshall was critical of Thorne-Begland’s opposition to DADT. “He can be a prosecutor, if he wants to,” Marshall said on CNN. “We don’t want advocates as judges.”
When asked directly whether his opposition was solely because of his sexuality, Marshall said, “No. Sorry, you’re mischaracterizing that. I said sodomy is not a civil right, and there’s an effort by homosexual lobbyists to equate the two. That’s wrong.”
That’s some impressive backpedaling, there.
I don’t suppose anyone could assume that heterosexual judges could be biased against homosexuals and be advocates for heterosexuality, right? Surely not.
As for “sodomy is not a civil right” … it’s not too difficult to imagine that he’d have said something similar about interracial marriage 50 years ago.