Del. Bob Marshall Loses GOP Congressional Primary, Del Comstock Set to Challenge Foust
Del. Barbra Comstock (R- McLean) was chosen over a number of candidates for the VA GOP this weekend with the hope of replacing longtime congressman Frank World (R). Among those who failed to win the nomination were Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), one of the authors of the 2006 voter approved ban on same-sex marriage and a staunch conservative who has opposed AG Herring’s refusal to defend the ban.
Comstock, a former lawyer and GOP PR guru, was described as a “one-woman wrecking crew targeting Democratic leaders” in a Washington Post article detailing her work on the 2000 Bush-Cheney Campaign.
Comstock, who entered the General Assembly in 2009 after defeating democratic incumbent Margaret Vanderhye, has sat on either side of several LGBTQ issues since her time in office, though mostly in opposition.
Equality Virginia’s legislative scorecard, a service which tracks how state delegates and senators vote on LGBTQ issues, shows Comstock’s 2012 year as one where she voted in support of a the Conscience Clause for private adoption and foster agencies (SB349 & HB189) which allowed them to discriminate against LGBT applicants and youth in the foster care system.
Comstock also voted against protections for LGBTQ state employees. However she did vote in support of appointing Tracy Thorne-Begland, Virginia’s first openly gay judge.
In 2013, Comstock voted in support of expanded bullying protections for students, however the legislation didn’t specify sexual minority victims. She also voted in support of Thorne-Begland again, and he was appointed that year.
But Comstock’s support of LGBTQ issues in 2013 ends there, according to EV. She voted against work-place protections again, and she also voted to allow state-funded university organizations to discriminate in their membership based on religious or political beliefs.
Comstock is set to run against Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust to replace retiring Republican Congressman Frank Wolf after 33 years in office.
On his campaign website, Foust states he “will work to ensure that our laws reflect a society that rejects discrimination in any form.” He also states he will support workplace non-discrimination and marriage equality and “is pleased with the progress our country is making on that cause.”
Comstock has no comments on LGBTQ issues on her campaign website.
GayRVA requested comments on LGBTQ issues from the Comstock Campaign but had not heard back by press time.
Randolph Macon Professor Dave Brat has made headlines for his unprecedented win in the bid for VA’s 7th congressional District seat, but while Eric Cantor’s stance on marriage equality was well known, Brat’s is still up for debate. In the “Protecting Values” section of his campaign’s website, Brat promises to “protect the rights of the [...]June 11, 2014
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