It won't happen in Virginia if Del. Bob Marshall, (R-Prince William) has his way. He is drafting a bill for the 2011 legislative session that would ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, according to the Washington Post.
"This policy will weaken military recruitment and retention, and will increase pressure for a military draft,'' Marshall told the Post. "After 232 years of prohibiting active, open homosexuals from enlisting in our military, President Obama and a majority in Congress are conducting a social experiment with our troops and our national security...In countries where religions and cultures find homosexual acts immoral, the Obama administration's repeal policy will work to the detriment of all American troops in securing local cooperation with our nation's foreign policy goals."
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Additional from the WaPo article:
"Marshall, who is considering running for U.S. Senate in 2012, is one of the House's most conservative members. He said Article 1, Section 8, Clause 16 of the Constitution gives Virginia the authority to uphold the ban by "reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress."
So, if the discipline prescribed by Congress includes allowing gays to serve openly, what exactly does his argument have to stand on? (Aside from douchbaggery and hatred, obvs) (And someone correct me if I'm wrong, I'm no Constitutional scholar.)
Also, Virginia, please stop making me embarassed to live there. Sigh.