Del. Bob Marshall made new headlines Thursday while explaining why he voted against the judicial nomination of an openly gay Richmond prosecutor.
Speaking to CNN, Del. Marshall defended his decision to lead the opposition of Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland. He criticized the notion that the vote was a civil rights setback.
"Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office that they broke. Sodomy is not a civil right. It's not the same as the Civil Rights movement," said Marshall. "In late 2011, [Thorne-Begland] was critical of the Don't Ask Don't Tell, he criticized our Attorney General simply for explaining what the law of Virginia is with respect to certain protected classes. So he's gone beyond that. He can be a prosecutor if he wants to, but we don't want advocates as judges."