ACLU threatens to sue over Marshall's bill banning gays from Va. National Guard
The ACLU of Virginia threatened Tuesday to file suit if Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William)'s proposed bill banning gays from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard becomes law next year.
"Not only is Delegate Marshall's proposal an affront to gay men and lesbians throughout the state but it will surely be ruled unconstitutional before it is ever implemented," the group's executive director Kent Willis said.
The U.S. Senate voted to end the 17-year-old federal ''don't ask, don't tell' policy this weekend, days after the House approved a repeal. President Obama has said he will sign the bill.
"Delegate Marshall is outflanked on this one and would only be wasting taxpayers' dollars and the General Assembly's time by pushing this legislation," Willis said.
The ACLU faxed a letter to Marshall Tuesday.
The ACLU praised Gov. Bob McDonnell -- which doesn't happen often -- who said that while he opposes Congress's repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy he expects to allow gays to openly serve in the Virginia National Guard.
"We were glad to see the Governor respond to Marshall so quickly," Willis said. "Perhaps if Delegate Marshall hears that a large number of other elected officials oppose the bill, he'll decide that it's simply not worth the effort."
| December 21, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
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