Bob Marshall Obsessed with Sodomy

21 May

I Can’t Stop Thinking About Sodomy

Thank you to my friend and LGBT ally, Jennifer Carey for inspiring me to write this story.  Regrettably, we have another bigoted story coming out of Virginia–another white heterosexual Republican male abusing his power and privilege.  Republican Bob Marshall took it upon himself to block  Tracy Thorne-Begland, an out and proud gay attorney, from becoming a judge.

Marshall asserts the following:

sodomy is not a civil right…the attorney’s past activism and outspokenness on gay rights could bias his decisions on the bench…He can be a prosecutor if he wants to, but we don’t want advocates as judges.

Bigotry prevailed against common sense and reason and the Virginia House of Delegates rejected Thorne-Begland’s bid for judge.

While there are SO many issues that really stick in my craw here, I will try to contain my anger with exceedingly significant points.  One: I will quickly point out that more heterosexuals engage in sodomy than homosexuals–not that it is anyone’s business what consenting adults do sexually! Apparently, Marshall feels it is his job to police gay sex. Two: I take issue with his assertion around activists judges.  Fortunately, Kim Forde-Mazrui, a University of Virginia School of Law professor also took issue with Marshall’s ignorance and offered this very sensible reply:

If you mean that people are always biased in favor of members of their own group then that would suggest that a straight male or a white judge could not be impartial in a case involving a crime between a straight and a gay person, a man and woman, or a white and black person — which would render most judges and juries suspect by his conception.

From Marshall’s statement, are we to assume that Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pushing a Jewish woman’s agenda on the Supreme Court? Are white hetero males the only voices to be trusted as judges?  I have to say it takes a great deal of chutzpah for a Republican to talk about “activist judges,” given the Famous Fecal Five corrupting the US Supreme Court.

7 Responses to “Bob Marshall Obsessed with Sodomy”

  1. William May 21, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    These people crack me up sometimes.

    Always more concerned about what everyone Else is doing with their “naughty bits” than the people themselves are. There has Got to be a psychological term for that.

    Personally I don’t care if the Judge is an 85 year old man wearing a silk teddy under under his robes as long as he does his job fairly and without prejudice. And I definitely couldn’t care less, or even want to THINK about what he’s doing in his own bedroom.

    Sodomy as a Civil Right … hmmm .that gives me an idea. Next time I’m looking for a date I may start start with “How about we go back to my place for a little “Civil Rights Activism”

  2. Christine Noble May 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    I am sure Marshall does believe Ginsburg pushes a Jewish, women’s agenda.

  3. nevercontrary May 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    Silly Michael you did not get the memo that all are inferior to white straight-ish men?
    -did you know that some states have on their republican party platform that they must promise to try and make sodomy illegal again? Scary ass shit.
    -love this response to men like this, it focuses on women mostly, but I feel it applies

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt May 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      I’m sorry, Bonnie. Sometimes I do forget that only white hetero men can be trusted to uphold justice–do forgive me:) Love the Chemaly article you link back to.

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