Delegate Bob Marshall Announces Congressional Bid to Replace Frank Wolf
Delegate Bob Marshall (R- 13) has announced his intention to run for Virginia’s 10th congressional seat. The staunch conservative, who helped author the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage (the Marshall-Newman Amendment) hopes to replace current Congressman Frank Wolf (R.)
Marshall announced his bid in a letter sent out this morning. The letter detailed his history of supporting conservative issues, including restrictions to abortion laws, attempts to overturn President Obama’s healthcare overhaul the Affordable Care Act, and his strict adherence to heterosexual marriage.
“As the author of Virginia’s “One-Man, One-Woman” Marshall-Newman Marriage Amendment, which was overwhelmingly ratified by Virginians in 2006, I believe in the Founders’ vision for respecting the laws of “Nature and Nature’s God.”” reads one section of his announcement referencing the passage of the same-sex marriage ban with a 57 % of the vote. A Quinnipiac poll from last summer show’s Virginians have shifted some on the same-sex, with about 50-43 percent in favor.
Marshall has also chimed in on the recent court cases challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, asking for the newly elected Attorney General Mark Herring to be impeached over his refusal to defend the law.
Marshall entered the VA House of Delegates in 1992. He had a failed 2012 Senate seat run, and has been the center of numerous controversies including saying disabled children were punishment from God for women having abortions.
Earlier this year, Marshall submitted a bill furthering the tax inequalities for LGBTQ Virginians, which the VA ACLU said “would impose discriminatory tax policies on couples whose marriages are not currently recognized in Virginia.”
Congressmen Wolf announced his intentions to retire earlier this year. Marshall is not confirmed to be the official GOP candidate for the seat yet, the election isn’t until Nov. of this year, but Patch.com has compiled a list of possible candidates on both sides of the aisle.
Photo of Del. Marshall (second from left) via Facebook
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