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.
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.”