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New bill drafted to keep gays out of Virginia National Guard

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email 

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A push to keep gay men and women from defending our freedom is hitting closer to home. Tonight, a Virginia lawmaker tells NBC12, he's drafting a bill to keep homosexuals out of the Virginia National Guard.

Delegate Bob Marshall says he hopes his bill will be introduced at the next General Assembly session in January. The Northern Virginia lawmaker defended this new bill today.

"If you've got ground troops, and those are the ones who are most adamant about this, disturbed because the person in the foxhole next to them may decide to sexually assault them under certain circumstances that's going to distract them from an enemy across the field," said Marshall.

Marshall's idea has already sparked controversy. Several equal rights activists groups are already speaking out against it.

"(Laughs) The reason I laugh is it's so completely ludicrous," said Equality Virginia spokeswoman, Claire Gastanaga. "One, there have been gay people in the military for a really long time."

Gastanaga believes Marshall has ulterior motives for trying to create this new bill.

"It's sad to see him scoring what could be seen as political points in a circumstance in which he's thinking about running for the United States Senate," said Gastanaga.

A statement regarding the bill was released today from Governor Bob McDonnell's office.

It reads: "The governor is very disappointed that this lame-duck Congress continues to fail to pass a budget, reduce unemployment, or work on other important national priorities, but instead is focused on legislation to change military policy in the middle of a war and provide benefits to illegal aliens."

The next General Assembly session starts January 12th.

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