Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall is defending a so-called religious freedom bill he introduced by claiming that opponents are discriminating against straight people.

Marshall, who once objected to the nomination of an openly gay judge by saying that “sodomy is not a civil right,” has introduced legislation that would attach a “conscience clause” to any “license, registration or certificate” issued by the state which would allow workers to refuse to “perform, assist, consent to, or participate in any action” that would “violate the religious or moral conviction of such person with respect to same-sex 'marriage' or homosexual behavior.” That is, any licensed worker – lawyer, doctor, teacher, hair stylist, mechanic – could deny service to gay men and lesbians by claiming a moral objection to their sexual orientation.

Governors in Indiana and Arkansas asked lawmakers to reconsider similar bills after businesses – mostly companies in the technology sector – threatened to boycott the states, saying, among other things, that the measures would hamstring their recruiting efforts.

Marshall, a Republican, defended his bill during an appearance on the John Fredericks Show.

“When you actually look at the rhetoric, that you need these laws to hire the best and the brightest, that kind of like is a sweeping statement that says that heterosexuals cannot be the best and the brightest,” Marshall said on the radio program.

“My question is,” he continued, “what possible rights can a person who has this inclination have that you don't have right now? I mean, homosexuals go to public schools, they can go to colleges, they vote, they drive cars, they have businesses, they go to country clubs. I don't know what else is needed.”