Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R) is resisting a proposal that would allow same-sex couples in the Commonwealth of Virginia to adopt children, telling a local Fox affiliate last night that homosexuality is a “disordered behavior” that is “inconsistent with a 6,000-year-old moral code”:
MARSHALL: There’s no real justification for imposing this on private agencies who believe this is a disordered behavior. …
The behavior of the persons adopting is an example to children, it should be a good behavior, consistent with a 6,000-year-old moral code. …
[Former Governor Tim Kaine] wants [Catholic adoption agencies] to be compelled to reject 6,000 years of moral teaching… they should not be required to choose between religious freedom and this.
Morals don’t change. The moral law’s the same 1,000 years ago, 6,000 years ago—civil law can change.
Yesterday, Virginia state delegate Adam Ebbin (D), the first ever openly gay member of the Virginia General Assembly, blasted Marshall’s accusation that gays are “disordered”:
How dare a member of the this body call me intrinsically disordered.
Is it intrinsically disordered to love a child?
Is it intrinsically disordered to ensure that a child has an education?
Gov. Bob McDonnell has also spoken out against the adoption provision, saying he thinks that the current nondiscrimination regulations are “proper,” but should not be expanded to “inhibit the very fine work some faith-based organizations are doing.”
Of course, by not discriminating against same-sex couples or couples of certain religions, the provision would actually expand the work organizations do, assuming they are willing to comply with the policy. Opponents of the policy have referred to it as “mandatory gay adoption.”
This is not Marshall’s first attack on the LGBT community. He recently also attempted to ban gays and lesbians from serving in the Virginia National Guard and spoke out against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
The governor has until the end of next week to act on the bill.
Cross-posted from The Wonk Room.