Delegate Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) is defending Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill while his Democratic opponent, Don Shaw, calls the law “offensive”. Delegate Marshall said the law in Indiana is the same law we passed in Virginia years ago. [read_more]
“Virginia has the same law. We passed it in 2007. The sky did not fall!” Marshall wrote in a letter to the Indianapolis Star.
Delegate Marshall wrote the letter in response to Governor McAuliffe’s letter to the same newspaper encouraging Indiana businesses to relocate to Virginia because we offer an “open, inclusive and thriving business environment.”
Democratic challenger Don Shaw said he is running for delegate in part to support laws to protect people like his son who are gay.
“Bob Marshall wants to basically allow people to discriminate against my son and I don’t think that’s right,” he said. “I want to live in a robust and thriving Virginia economy and I believe Bob Marshall is doing everything he can do to prevent that.”
Delegate Marshall has acknowledged that the Virginia law and the Indiana law are not identical but he says Indiana is trying to pass laws that are in line with the recent Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby.
Delegate Bob Marshall was one of the authors of Virginia’s amendment on same sex marriage. That amendment was set aside by Mark Herring and a judge in Richmond.
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