This item is getting lots of play around the interwebs:
In a testy interview Thursday with CNN on the Virginia legislature's refusal to appoint openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to a judgeship, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, declared that "sodomy is not a civil right."I wouldn't recommend putting that on a campaign yard sign...
Marshall, a U.S. Senate candidate and one of the General Assembly's most conservative members, denied that he had lobbied against Thorne-Begland because he is gay, but instead termed him an "activist."
Marshall said Thorne-Begland "displayed a pattern of behavior inconsistent with what we have come to expect in Virginia judges."
As examples, he said Thorne-Begland had been forced to "misstate his background" in order to join the Navy in the late 1980s, defied regulation by going on television and been openly critical of the now-defunct "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
"He can be a prosecutor if he wants to," Marshall said, "but we don't want advocates as judges."
Marshall added that he was "concerned about possible bias" if Thorne-Begland had been appointed a General District judge, using the example of a barroom fight between a homosexual and heterosexual.
Marshall rejected the CNN interviewer's comparison of the issue to civil rights and women's suffrage, remarking: "Sodomy is not a civil right. It's not the same as the civil rights movement."