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McDonnell says Virginia National Guard will provide benefits to gay couples
The Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2013 | Laura Vozzella

Posted on 09/09/2013 3:27:05 AM PDT by Timber Rattler

Virginia’s National Guard will provide health insurance and other benefits to same-sex couples, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Thursday, one day after a state delegate urged him to defy a new Pentagon directive to treat all marriages equally.

In a letter to McDonnell this week, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) warned that providing the benefits would violate the state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

“As Commander of the Virginia National Guard[,] what will you do to secure that the spirit and letter of the [state] Constitution regarding marriage will be upheld?” Marshall wrote.

McDonnell, a social conservative who has walked a fine line on gay-rights issues as governor, said he would abide by the Pentagon policy that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in August.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: gay; homosexualagenda; lgbt; mcdonnell; rino
McDonnell has gone full-blown Rat. He's a liar and a loser.
1 posted on 09/09/2013 3:27:06 AM PDT by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Virginia...the newest Blue State.

Sadly.


2 posted on 09/09/2013 3:28:32 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Timber Rattler

I thought McDonnell was a conservative? WTF? Is everyone being infected by these sodomites?


3 posted on 09/09/2013 3:29:29 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Is that in keeping with state law? Does Virginia currently offer benefits to gay couples where one is a state employee?


4 posted on 09/09/2013 3:35:32 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: NoKoolAidforMe
McDonnell tossed his Conservative bonafides into the trash when he 1)became Romney's front man early on in Virginia, and 2) supported and then signed into law the biggest tax increase in the Commonwealth's history over the spring.

His pet poodle is Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, who apparently thought that he was a shoe-in to become McDonnell's successor, but got his applecart upset by Conservatives at the state GOP convention, who chose Cuccinelli as the Republican candidate for governor. Since then, Bolling has been working against Republicans by affiliating himself with Terry McAuliffe and implying that he's going to make an independent run for governor (to split the vote and help his new buddy).

5 posted on 09/09/2013 3:47:52 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Disgusting disappointment. How does Cucinelli look?


6 posted on 09/09/2013 3:50:35 AM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: Timber Rattler

Each state has different criteria for appointing the commander or general officers. In some states, no prior military experience is required. This at the governor’s whim. If a NG commander follows the pentagon on this policy against the laws of the state, it could be halted by the governor - thus setting up a funding battle with the Federal Government. Most NG units have supplemental income to finance units via the Federal government. Maybe a governor can have the units transferred out of state if a showdown demands compliance with breaking state laws for state employees whose jobs are partially funded by the federal government....


7 posted on 09/09/2013 3:53:25 AM PDT by Jumper
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To: markomalley

Virginia... the new New York. Virginia... “it’s FABULOUS”!


8 posted on 09/09/2013 4:02:53 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

11 points behind the satan candidate... mcauliffe.


9 posted on 09/09/2013 4:05:04 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer
Virginia... the new New York. Virginia... “it’s FABULOUS”!

Proof that liberals sow destruction wherever they migrate. Virginia was ruined by all the Marylanders who moved there to escape the results of their policies...their aim is to turn Virginia into another Maryland.

10 posted on 09/09/2013 4:05:32 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: DoodleDawg

No. Virginia does not recognize same-sex unions of any type in any way. . .


11 posted on 09/09/2013 4:09:30 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: markomalley

You make an excellent point,Mark.

We see this happening in New Hampshire and now in Texas where it’s true that many Californians are attracted to the Lone Star State, but they all bring their politics with them.


13 posted on 09/09/2013 4:17:15 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: markomalley

Yes... we should separate at some point... the union is now unworkable... but we will probably just allow cancer to eat the republic into haiti.


14 posted on 09/09/2013 4:21:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: markomalley
Proof that liberals sow destruction wherever they migrate

Every fricking time. Minnesotans are moving into N & S Dakota and guess what? They're demanding the same crapola that caused them to leave in the first place. It's mind-boggling.

If we had a truly federalism system, everything would balance themselves out over time. But because liberals want federal laws for everything, this entire nation will become a liberal hellhole. No wonder people are renouncing their U.S. citizenship in droves.

15 posted on 09/09/2013 4:25:10 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Governor Sarah Heath Palin for President of the United States in 2016)
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To: Salgak
No. Virginia does not recognize same-sex unions of any type in any way. . .

Then recognizing them in the National Guard should be illegal. The Guard is no different from any other state employee unless they get called into active service with the army. They answer to the governor, not the president, and their rules should comply with state law and not federal policy.

16 posted on 09/09/2013 4:30:30 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Timber Rattler

Liar, traitor, and other assorted insults.


17 posted on 09/09/2013 4:32:11 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Timber Rattler

Hello Gov. McCauliff!!! OMG....are there NO DECENT REPUBLICANS LEFT???


18 posted on 09/09/2013 4:57:54 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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19 posted on 09/09/2013 5:23:46 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: DoodleDawg

I agree. But McDonnell dropped his conservative “skin” soon after getting elected. . .


20 posted on 09/09/2013 5:28:38 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

Weak. His campaign simply sucks...no energy and no counter attacks against McAuliffe’s army of trolls and letter writers. He needs a new campaign manager and to stop trying to call it in, or else he’s toast.


21 posted on 09/09/2013 6:00:25 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: IbJensen
It’s possible that this RINO Virginians elected as their governor has homosexual tendencies like the current occupant of the White Hut.

Don't think so. He's married and got a family, and in fact, is wife is under lib attack for accepting "gifts" from a family friend who just so happen to be a lobbyist. Stuoid.

No, McDonnell is just a RINO of the Romney-mold who was better at camouflaging himself with the TEA Party when he got himself elected.

22 posted on 09/09/2013 6:03:08 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: NoKoolAidforMe
"I thought McDonnell was a conservative? WTF? Is everyone being infected by these sodomites?"

Bob McDonnell is a snake and a Romney lover who campaigned on no tax hikes, and then gave us the biggest increase in state history. After reading about this latest, I can safely say I despise the man.

23 posted on 09/09/2013 7:37:25 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: LibLieSlayer
"11 points behind the satan candidate... mcauliffe."

I just do not understand how this can be. (Not doubting you).

24 posted on 09/09/2013 7:39:38 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

PPP or Public Policy Polling... it was posted last week and may show up on a search. The only two explanations:

1) It is a lie
2) Virginia is a lost state which is now firmly in satan’s column


25 posted on 09/09/2013 7:44:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I’ll hope for the former, but I have a bad feeling for the latter.


26 posted on 09/09/2013 8:04:25 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Me too!


27 posted on 09/09/2013 8:19:07 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: CatherineofAragon; LibLieSlayer
"11 points behind the satan candidate... mcauliffe.

I just do not understand how this can be. (Not doubting you).
Couple reasons for it:
  1. Virginia is more purple than we want to admit;
  2. the current Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, is a corrupt scumbag. As in selling-his-influence-for-cash-and-gifts corrupt, which tarnishes the entire GOP;
  3. Cuccinelli has been implicated in the same corruption scandal, although to nowhere near the same degree; and
  4. even setting that aside, Cuccinelli has been a terrible candidate.
We're lucky that the Dems are running McAuliffe. Anybody less slimy, less obviously immersed in and saturated with DC swamp water and we'd be down by 25 points. Eleven looks like a godsend.
28 posted on 09/09/2013 8:19:33 AM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: highball

I think you’re right on all counts. McDonnell is in it up to his neck, and if Cuccinelli loses, McDonnell will bear the responsibility for a part of that, IMO.

I’m still waiting for the Cuccinelli ads to counter those put out by McAuliffe. Ken keeps running the one about that Chinese factory....does he really think he can win on that issue?


29 posted on 09/09/2013 8:31:26 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: highball

I do not doubt any of what you say. Why can’t Virginia find a decent person that could win?


30 posted on 09/09/2013 9:35:44 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Timber Rattler

If the Democrats get elected, we’ll see more of the homosexual agenda enacted than just this.


31 posted on 09/09/2013 11:41:47 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Timber Rattler
McDonnell, a social conservative who has walked a fine line on gay-rights issues as governor, said he would abide by the Pentagon policy that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced in August.

Then he ain't no social conservative.

32 posted on 09/09/2013 11:42:26 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I dunno. Looks bad for him.

McAuliffe is a scumbag, but that doesn’t guarantee Cuccinelli anything. He seems to have thought the office was his for the asking - maybe he had Romney’s “unskewed” pollster?


33 posted on 09/09/2013 6:54:33 PM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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“Why can’t Virginia find a decent person that could win?”

I don’t know, but we’re about to be punished for defending an outright crook. Too often we see an (R) and pretend that guy couldn’t do anything wrong.

Had Cuccinelli come out early and strongly against McDonnell, he wouldn’t have lost corruption as an issue with which to hammer McAuliffe.


34 posted on 09/09/2013 6:57:40 PM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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To: highball

terry is as corrupt as AL Capone and could be taken down with a bit of effort. Some of these republicans just want it all handed to them on a silver platter... I am disgusted beyond words.


35 posted on 09/10/2013 4:06:52 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

“terry is as corrupt as AL Capone”

Yes.

But McDonnell is more corrupt than anybody in this story. Even Terry.

And Cuccinelli took his own sweet time before eventually and half-heartedly condemning the governor who sold the Virginia statehouse for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts. Which made him look corrupt as well, blunting the best attack weapon he had in his arsenal. Not to mention his own connections to the guy who bribed McDonnell, which might also have had something to do with Cuccinelli’s silence.

Either way, bad candidate. Once again, we chose poorly and will likely lose an election that was ours for the taking.


36 posted on 09/10/2013 8:36:47 PM PDT by highball ("I never should have switched from scotch to martinis." -- the last words of Humphrey Bogart)
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I agree and I just cannot understand why? There are good people out there... but everyone wants a name that they know... maybe that is it.


37 posted on 09/11/2013 3:45:00 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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