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‘Douche du Jour’: Bob Marshall’s Queer Sodomy Fixation

Virginia state Delegate Bob Marshall (Republican, of course) is very disappointed that the military’s discriminatory ban on gays and lesbians serving openly is coming to an end. He would love to re-instate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for the Virginia National Guard but, to his credit, he realizes that this can’t be done.

“We can’t have two different systems in the military and our National Guard,” he admits.

Still, Marshall has voiced his homophobic views, which are completely unbecoming of an elected official in this country. This is what he said about gays serving in combat:

“It’s a distraction when I’m on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I’m worried about this guy who’s got eyes on me. If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month I’d be worried.”

First, in a shameful and continuing injustice, gays are forbidden to donate blood in this country, so Marshall has little to worry about on that front. Secondly, it is highly doubtful that soldiers in the heat of combat will care or even notice if they’re being checked out by their gay comrades, and it is equally likely that those gay troops will be 100% focused on staying alive and fighting, not checking out the ass of the guy next to him.

Moving right along. Moral Low Ground finds Marshall’s sodomy fixation a bit, well, queer, for lack of a better word. And on a deadly serious note, we also find it shocking that Marshall is more concerned about gay soldiers ogling their straight colleagues (which, at the worst , may make them somewhat uncomfortable) than he is about the soldier-on-soldier rape epidemic that’s been raging in our nation’s armed forces. There were 3,230 reported rapes in 2009, and the Pentagon estimates that 80% of military rapes go unreported. That means that there are probably around 15,000 sexual assaults each year in the US military.

But you won’t hear Bob Marshall utter a peep about all that. But he is raising high hell about the possibility that a gay soldier might look too long at a straight soldier, with disastrous consequences for national security.

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