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More attempts on womb control in Virginia

There’s a bill now in the Virginia state legislature that would prevent unmarried women (gay or straight) from using assisted reproductive technology. It would also apply to gay men using an unmarried surrogate mother to have kids. The wingnut pushing this bill is Delegate Robert Marshall (R-Manassas), a cretin who also sponsored legislation to ban same-sex marriage and limit access to abortion.

According to the Washington Blade, Marshall pre-filed HB 187 on Jan. 2 for the 2006 state legislative session.

The measure would forbid medical professionals from providing to unmarried women “certain intervening medical technology” that “completely or partially replaces sexual intercourse as the means of conception.” The bill provides a list of medical procedures, including “artificial insemination by donor” and invitro fertilization.

Equality Virginia, the state’s gay political group, denounced the measure as a “direct attack on Virginia’s families,” noting that Marshall co-sponsored an unsuccessful bill in the last legislative session to ban gays from adopting children.

These bottom of the barrel moralists are just so plentiful; can Virginia ever hope to boot them out?

As you may have gathered, Bob isn’t a friend of the homos. Here are a few choice quotes from his web site:

“Gay marriage is a moral, physiological and social oxymoron. After 40 years of teaching sex education in the public schools, is this where we are, that two men can marry each other? Even to debate this gives this legitimacy, or the appearance of legitimacy.”

“Homosexuals were not brought to the United States in slave ships. They were not denied the franchise. They did not have to go to separate water fountains. They were not segregated into schools.”

“I’ve never seen a water fountain labeled ‘heterosexuals only. Not like the ‘whites only’ or ‘colored only’ there used to be. When I want to get a driver’s license, no one asks me if I’m heterosexual. Same thing with a hunting license.”

“Civil union is a proxy for marriage and domestic partnership is a proxy for civil unions.”

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