Politics

Virginia Republican Claims Incest is Sometimes 'Voluntary' (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall (R) has a history of making inflammatory statements with no apologies.

Marshall, who is now running for Virginia seat in the U.S. Congress, said yesterday, “I don’t care. I mean, if I say something in public, I say it in public," noted The Washington Times.

In 1989, the Boston Globe asked Marshall, then the research director for the American Life League, about his opposition to all abortion, even in cases of incest.

 "What if incest is voluntary?...Sometimes it is," Marshall said, reported Mother Jones.

Marshall confirmed his incest position yesterday to The Washington Times and added, “It doesn’t make it right or legal. It just gives the facts.”

During a speech to a pro-life group in 2013, Marshall suggested that Justice Anthony Kennedy was gay because he voted for same-sex marriage in a case.

“For all I know, Kennedy’s a homosexual,” Marshall declared. “You can’t be doing some of these things without this kind of conclusion.”

In 2010, Marshall claimed nature was taking vengeance on women who have abortions by giving them children with disabilities, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).

“The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion who have handicaps has increased dramatically," stated Marshall. "Why? Because when you abort the firstborn of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children."

Marshall later claimed he wasn't trying to offend anyone with his (non-scientific) claim.

“No one who knows me or my record would imagine that I believe or intended to communicate such an offensive notion,” Marshall later said. “I have devoted a generation of work to defending disabled and unwanted children and have always maintained that they are special blessings to their parents.”

Sources: Mother Jones, RightWingWatch.org, The Washington Times