Va. Pol: Screw Feds, Ban Gays From National Guard

Bob Marshall says Constitution gives states right to run their militias
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2010 10:38 AM CST
Va. Pol: Screw Feds, Ban Gays From National Guard
Delegate Bob Marshall.   (

The Commonwealth of Virginia is showing another sign of going rogue these days: Just days after Congress repealed DADT, a Republican lawmaker is calling for the state to ban gays from serving in the National Guard, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Bob Marshall says the repeal amounts to a "social experiment with our national security" and contends that no lesser a power than the US Constitution gives states authority over militias—now National Guard units.

Politicians aren't exactly jumping on the bandwagon, though: A spokesman for Bob McDonnell says that though the Republican governor disagrees with the repeal, "that decision has now been made." A Democrat called the idea "abhorrent." Marshall, meanwhile, plans to introduce a bill in 2011. (More DADT stories.)

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