VA Congressman Censured by Own Party for Officiating Same-Sex Marriage

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday December 18, 2020

Denver Riggleman
Denver Riggleman  (Source:Associated Press)

An outgoing Virginia representative has been censured by a Republican committee because he officiated a same-sex marriage last year, NBC News reports.

The Appomattox County Republican Committee unanimously passed a resolution to censure GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman for, among other things, his condemnation of President Trump, congratulating President-elect Joe Biden, and for officiating the wedding of two male campaign aides last Summer.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Appomattox County Republican Committee said, "In July 2019, Denver Riggleman officiated a same sex wedding which in turn goes against the values and principles of the Republican Party betraying and disregarding the concerns for the many Conservative and Christian voters in the 5th district who elected Denver Riggleman to the United States House of Representatives."

In a Facebook post, the Committee reiterated "we will hold accountable all Republican elected officials to stand by the Virginia Republican Creed and National Republican Platform, and to support all our Republican nominees."

Riggleman was elected in 2018, but lost re-election this last Summer to fellow Republican Bob Good, a "biblical conservative" with a more Trumpian tone — at a rally on Saturday, Good said the COVID-19 outbreak is a "phony pandemic." Riggleman responded to the censure on social media:

While Riggleman is a proponent of marriage equality, as NBC points out, his past on LGBTQ issues is problematic. Riggleman opposed the Equality Act, which would have amended already-existing civil rights law with protections for sexual orientation and gender identity; and he voted against a resolution that opposed the President's ban on transgender people serving in the military.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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