A Republican Representative from Virginia has come under fire for saying that all of America's problems stem from same-sex marriage.
The absurd statement from Representative Bob Good came during his dissent against a House bill that would prevent domestic violence.
According to Good, gay marriage is the cause of every societal ill in America.
See his comments below.
While opposing a domestic violence prevention bill, a Republican claims nearly everything that “plagues our society" is a result of failing to follow “god's rules for and definition of marriage" pic.twitter.com/z4ktzEpx8m
— Acyn (@Acyn) October 26, 2021
At the time, Good was speaking against the proposed Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act, legislation that would reauthorize and expand funding for the prevention of domestic violence and assistance to survivors.
Good doesn't think this legislation is necessary, however, because it doesn't address the root cause of the problem--gay marriage. As he put it:
"Nearly everything that plagues our society can be attributed to a failure to follow God's laws for morality and his rules for and definition of marriage and family."
Good went on to say:
"[Democrats have] chosen to attack the very bedrock of our country, the moral principles and the traditional family that hold our families and communities together."
Good did not offer an explanation for who or what was to blame for all the domestic violence and other problems in America that occurred prior to 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized.
Of course, Good also made sure to specifically call out transgender people in his screed, that the gender identity provisions of the bill amounted to religious discrimination against Christians who believe trans people
Sadly, this sort of rhetoric is par for the course for Good, who rose to prominence during his 2020 primary because of his opposition to his Republican opponent, incumbent Denver Riggleman, having officiated same-sex wedding.
Good is also a staunch supporter of former Republican President Donald Trump, believes the pandemic is a hoax, has repeatedly encouraged people not to wear masks and voted to overturn the results of the 2020 election in the hours after the January 6 coup attempt on the Capitol.
On Twitter, Good's words drew widespread criticism.
Sadly, this is Good's bread and butter.
His entire primary campaign was a homophobic crusade to unseat Denver Riggleman for officiating a gay wedding.
The Virginia GOP even censured Denver over it ... in the year 2020! https://t.co/OH4Ucs1Bah
— Dan King (@Kinger_DC) October 26, 2021
Every day America grows closer to The Handmaid's Tale.
— pat schwenk (@patschwenk2) October 26, 2021
I'm so glad we were able to travel back in time to the mid-90s for that take
— Nelson (@CockyNelson) October 26, 2021
This is completely unsurprising--the only reason Good was elected is because the Republican he challenged officiated a same-sex wedding, and local Republicans held a convention at a mega-church so that the primary electorate consisted of exactly who you'd expect. https://t.co/fKOLWjrzfE
— 🕷Dante Atkins🕷 (@DanteAtkins) October 26, 2021
🚨 BREAKING: America is not a theocracy
— MooneyWho (@WiblyWoblyMoony) October 26, 2021
"I decked my wife or hit my husband with a baseball bat because the gays can get married in the US" should be an interesting defense. 😳 https://t.co/yRSIByANnH
— Christine (@ChristineEliaz) October 26, 2021
Que up theocratic rule.
But the separation of church and state is in the US Constitution. https://t.co/kn28XhdjLa
— Anthony Yarus 💉💉not a happy camper. George Floyd (@ablnk) October 26, 2021
"Biblical" conservative good with domestic abuse.
How can anyone want to be a Republican these days? https://t.co/EA7KRlQfxd
— "Junky Horse" (@jackiestein62) October 26, 2021
Imagine being pro domestic violence. That's the republican party. https://t.co/iXCR0UkF1d
— Todd Poirier (@todd_poirier) October 26, 2021
Thankfully, nine of Good's fellow Republicans joined House Democrats to pass the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act, despite the supposedly destructive influence same-sex marriage has on American society according to Good.