Aptly named Virginia Senator compares Supreme Court to Iranian ayatollahs over same-sex marriage decision
It didn’t take long for the recently reelected Virginia Senator, Dick Black, to come out swinging against LGBTQ Virginians.
In an interview on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, Black told NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood that America has a “parallel… with “what we have and what they have in Iran… In Iran the people elect their Parliament; they elect their president, but they have ayatollahs who have the final decision. They can issue decrees. They can cancel legislation and as a consequence the people really have no power.”
Black went on to say nowhere in the constitution does it support the highest court in the land intervening on marriage in any way.
“There’s nobody who can tell me there is a scintilla of law or constitutional support for saying that you can redefine marriage… The Supreme Court doesn’t have the authority to pass laws, but they’re doing it and unfortunately we don’t have checks and balances and in that respect we’re very much like the ayatollahs. The people have no voice. They don’t have any control.”
Black, or Dick, held onto his District 13 seat after Tuesday’s election, along side fellow anti-gay elected official Bob Marshall.
This isn’t the first time Black has brought up the constitution when putting LGBTQ Virginians down, during the 2015 General Assembly he helped quash a bill which would have prevented a landlord from not-renting a house to someone because of who they love.
“We’re telling people that, by force of law you must rent to someone in a circumstance that you consider immoral according to your religious beliefs,” said Black. “I’m just not sure the constitutional requirement shouldn’t override these other things… we still live under a constitutional form of gov and we are guaranteed a free exercise of religion.”
Back in 2013, Black made sure everyone knew where he stood on LGBTQ issues by comparing same-sex relationships to incest.
“I think you can enact legislation that there’s marriage that’s not based on a normal physical union of two people but you can have people who very much desire to marry a first cousin and government says you can’t do that,” the Senator told Prince William Times.
We’ll be keeping an eye on Dick as the 2016 General Assembly approaches.
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