Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall wants a federal bank in Richmond to lower a rainbow flag that recognizes Gay Pride month.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, a private financial institution, riled Christian conservatives when it decided to fly the flag underneath the American flag.

In a strongly worded letter to bank president Jeff Lacker, Marshall, a Republican from William County, demands the flag's removal and calls the decision “a serious deficiency of judgment.”

“A flagpole in front of a federal building is not a commercial or political message board,” Marshall wrote.

“Moreover, the homosexual behavior 'celebrated' by your Richmond's Federal Reserve Bank spokeswoman undermines the American economy, is a class six felony in Virginia, shortens lives, adds significantly to illness, increases health costs, promotes venereal disease, and worsens the population imbalance relating to the number of workers supporting the beneficiaries of America's Social Security and Medicare Programs.”

“Mr. Lacke, take down that flag!” he concludes.

Marshall, who has a long history of anti-gay rhetoric, made headlines last year when he introduced legislation that would ban gay and bisexual troops from serving openly in the state's National Guard after repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”