Former legislator Bob Marshall — who authored Virginia’s anti-transgender “bathroom bill” — just wrote an extremely salty letter to the Washington Post.

Marshall was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992 until 2017, when he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Danica Roem earlier this month. Roem, who is transgender, won by a convincing margin, and ran on a platform of civil rights, increasing teacher pay, and solving traffic issues in her district.

However, despite Roem refusing to gloat over her defeated opponent when given the opportunity, Marshall is still smarting over his unexpected loss. In a recent letter to the editor submitted to the Washington Post, Marshall went into hysterics about how Roem will enact a “radical transgender agenda” and endanger Virginia’s children by not restricting bathroom access.

“I wonder when Gov.-elect Ralph Northam (D) will open up our highway rest stops and state office building locker rooms and bathrooms to people who think they are the opposite sex, just as they are trying to do in our public schools,” Marshall wrote.

Marshall also suggested Virginians’ healthcare costs would rise as a result of transgender individuals having operations covered by their health insurance plans, before suggesting that the majority of those who undergo sex reassignment surgery will eventually come to regret the decision:

If you think insurance premiums are high now, just wait until Virginia Del.-elect Danica Roem’s legislation to force insurance companies to cover “sex change” operations takes effect… Will Ms. Roem (D) also cover sex-change reversals to treat the growing incidence of “sex-change regret” by persons who find the “cure” worse than the “disease”?

Roem was the first transgender woman to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Her victory came 25 years after Althea Garrison was the first transgender woman elected to any state legislature, when she won her election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

In 2011, Marshall made headlines for saying that the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia’s decision to fly the pride flag was a felony that “undermines the American economy.”


Michael Boone is a freelance journalist and columnist writing about politics, government, race, and media. He graduated from Texas Southern University’s School of Communication, and lives in Houston’s Third Ward.

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