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Ridiculous: Mentally Ill Man Wins Virginia House Seat

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

A transgender woman, AKA a mentally ill man, has taken the Virginia House seat from Conservative lawmaker Bob Marshall, in the election on Tuesday.

Democrat Danica Roem is officially the first openly trans person in history to be elected into a state legislature.

Victory Fund President and CEO Aisha C. Moodie-Mills said,  “Tonight voters chose a smart, solutions-oriented trans leader over a divisive anti-LGBTQ demagogue – sending a powerful message to anti-trans legislators all across the nation.”


This is an extremely concerning development. We are already trying to clean out our lawmakers, why should people who do not even know what gender they are be allowed to help make decisions for the country?

Fox 5 Atlanta reports:

Roem openly discussed her gender identity during her campaign, but it was far from her focus. Instead, she focused on jobs, schools and, with particular fervor, northern Virginia’s traffic congestion.

She also argued that Marshall, who has served in the House since 1992, has spent too much time on social policy.

A lightning rod for controversy, Marshall often drew the ire of even his own party.

Earlier this year, Marshall sponsored a measure that would have restricted the bathrooms transgender people can use. He is also the author of a now-void constitutional amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and sponsored a bill banning gay people from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard.

On the campaign trail, Marshall and other Republicans repeatedly misidentified Roem’s gender.

Well she’s a guy so….it can be confusing as to what to call him.

Roem, who began transitioning at 28-years-old, said, “No matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, if you have good public policy ideas, if you’re qualified for office, you have every right to bring your ideas to the table.”

What do you think? Is this a step back in progress?

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