Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R) tonight called Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of President George W. Bush, a “back-stabbing liberal justice in a gown.”
The sharp remarks from Delgaudio, a four-term supervisor from the county's Sterling District, came after today's Supreme Court decision not to hear appeals from five states on the issue of gay marriage. The Supreme Court's action allowed for same-sex marriages to legally begin in Virginia.
“We will not surrender the defense of marriage or the right to free speech for Christians and all those Americans who believe in traditional values,” Delgaudio said in a statement on his nonprofit Public Advocate of the United States website. “I promise you one liberal jurist, John Roberts, in a gown is not going to stop millions of determined traditional marriage believers in our right to proclaim traditional marriage and our moral values.”
An outspoken social conservative, Delgaudio for years has made known his aversion to the gay and lesbian community. Delgaudio often uses the term "radical homosexuals" in fundraising emails, and he has referred to members of the LGBT community as "perverts."
In his statement today, which carried the headline “DELGAUDIO ISSUES PROMISE TO FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO VOTE OUR BELIEFS....... No Black Gowned Back-stabbing Liberal Jurist Is Silencing US,” Delgaudio continued, “With this decision, the Supreme Court has stripped hundreds of millions of Americans of the Right to Vote their beliefs and protect their communities and families as they see fit. It is now Supreme Court precedence that Freedom of Speech and the Right to Vote are only recognized so long as they are approved by the Liberal Establishment.”
Public Advocate of the United States, a conservative advocacy organization Delgaudio founded and leads, has been designated an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to the SPLC, “all hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.”
At least three same-sex couples were issued marriage licenses in Loudoun County on Monday, according to the Circuit Court clerk's office.
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The Virginia State Police have released the following statement:
"For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation into the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Morgan D. Harrington of Roanoke, Va. Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue. There is a still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the public’s patience as we move forward.
Anyone with new information concerning the Harrington investigation is encouraged to contact the Virginia State Police at 434-352-3467 or the Jefferson Area Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.
Meanwhile, state police continues to dedicate the necessary resources to assist the Charlottesville Police Department through the course of its investigation and with their efforts to locate Hannah Graham. In fact, right now, the public’s focus needs to remain on helping Charlottesville Police locate and bring Hannah Graham home."
A Loudoun County Sheriff's Office sergeant mistakenly shot and injured his daughter at their Frederick County, Va., home around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The shooter, Sgt. Easton McDonald believed his 16-year-old daughter to be an intruder, according to a Frederick County Sheriff's Office captain.
The daughter was in stable condition as of Wednesday afternoon, the Frederick captain, Donnie Lang, said.
“Sgt. Easton McDonald was involved in an incident in Frederick County, but, as this is an ongoing and active investigation by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, we cannot comment further,” a Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman told the Times-Mirror Thursday. “He is currently on administrative leave pending an internal LCSO investigation.”
Lang told WHAG news out of Hagerstown, Md., which first reported the story, "It was determined that the daughter had snuck out hours earlier that morning, and was attempting to sneak back into the home" when she was shot. McDonald was reportedly getting ready for work as the daughter returned home.
After realizing he'd shot his daughter in the torso, McDonald attempted to transport her to the Winchester Medical Center, but crashed his car en route. Emergency personnel eventually took the daughter to the hospital, where she remained Thursday.
Lang told the Times-Mirror his office will be conducting an investigation of the incident into next week, at which point it will turn over the findings to the Frederick County Commonwealth's Attorney Office. It will be up to the commonwealth's attorney office to determine if charges will be filed, Lang said.
This story has been updated from an earlier version.