Richmond, Virginia, February 2 (Virginia Christian Alliance) – Core Issue | Sexual Purity
Yesterday, Virginia could have boldly led the way for states to uphold their rightful sovereignty over the policies of the National Guard rather than be forced to adhere to the overturning of 232 years of American military policy with the repeal of the federal policy of “Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell” (DADT). Instead, the Virginia House of Delegates Rules Committee, with the exception of two members, Del. Lacy Putney (I-19) and Del. Joe Johnson, Jr. (D-4), voted to kill HB2474, patroned by Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13). HB2474 would have allowed Virginia’s National Guard to ban open homosexuals from serving in the Guard, thus keeping the current policy in effect.
The Virginia Christian Alliance, and its constituency, is very disappointed in the Republican leaders that sought to kill HB2474. Delegate Bill Janis (R-56) led the way to defeat the bill, stating that having the U.S. Army have a different policy from the National Guard would create a logistics nightmare. Those in favor of this bill believe that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s opinion was interpreted based on a perceived fear that was groundless and speculative that a majority of Congressional Republicans, who overwhelmingly opposed the repeal of DADT, would seek to defund Virginia’s National Guard if they did not go along with the repeal of DADT.
Don Blake, Chairman of Virginia Christian Alliance (VCA) said, “yesterday was a historic opportunity for Virginia to lead the Nation as they did last year, under the leadership of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Delegate Bob Marshall, in the fight against the unconstitutionality of Obamacare.” Blake went onto to say that he was disappointed that the Republican leaders such as Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell and others did not show more courage in taking on the Obama Administration’s homosexual agenda.
VCA thanks Delegate Bob Marshall for showing the leadership for presenting this bill and for standing up for conservative moral principles when others would not. VCA would also like to thank the former military leaders and constitutional attorney Herb Titas for their testimony in support of HB2474 and Delegates Putney and Johnson, Jr. for taking a stand against the homosexual agenda of President Obama.