Campaign 2010

Jul 28, 2014

Barbara Comstock’s Right Wing Agenda on Same-Sex Marriage

Today a federal court of appeals struck down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage – but if Barbara Comstock had her way there would be no same-sex marriages.

Comstock “consistently opposed same-sex marriage,” said that a federal marriage amendment preventing same-sex marriage was not anti-gay, and even voted to prohibit adoptions for same sex couples.

“While Barbara Comstock’s right-wing agenda may fit right in with the Republican congress, each day brings fresh evidence that Comstock’s reckless partisanship is out of touch with Northern Virginia’s values,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “From overturning Roe v. Wade  to opposing same-sex marriage, Comstock is proving time and again that she’s can’t be trusted to fight for Northern Virginia families in Washington.”

BACKGROUND:

Comstock “Has Consistently Opposed Same-Sex Marriage.” “The main line of attack on Comstock from Marshall and Wasinger is that she is insufficiently socially conservative. She has consistently opposed same-sex marriage and abortion, and among her supporters are such undoubted social conservatives as Mary Ellen Bork, Eugene Scalia, and Rick Santorum.” [National Review, 2/17/14]

Comstock Said Federal Marriage Amendment was Not Anti-Gay. In February 2004 on CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now,” Comstock said a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman was not anti-gay: “We should be able to have a reasoned debate about this. The debate and the argument is about who is going to redefine marriage. All the amendment does is define marriage. It is not an anti-gay amendment. It defines marriage, the institution for marriage, which for 2000 years has been a man and woman and 200 years under our Constitution; 38 states have passed that. It’s been something we have all assumed would remain as the law,” Comstock said. [CNN, 2/25/04]

Comstock Voted to Allow Adoption Agencies to Deny Adoptions to Same Sex Couples. In February 2012, Comstock voted in favor of house Bill 189 that would allow private adoption agencies to turn away parents based on sexual orientation or religious and moral beliefs. The measure would add a “conscience clause” to Virginia law that would allow state-funded, faith-based agencies to choose which parents are suitable for adoption based on the agencies’ beliefs. The bill passed 71 to 28.  [Washington Post, 2/07/12; HB 189, 2012 Session, 2/03/12]