Virginia’s most socially conservative state lawmaker was ousted from office Tuesday by Danica Roem, a Democrat who is poised to become the nation’s first openly transgender state lawmaker and who embodies much of what Del. Robert G. Marshall fought against in Richmond.
The race focused on traffic and other local issues in suburban Prince William County but also exposed the nation’s fault lines over gender identity. It pitted a 33-year-old former journalist who began her physical gender transition four years ago against a 13-term incumbent who called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe” and earlier this year introduced a “bathroom bill” that died in committee.
“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” a jubilant Roem said Tuesday night as her margin of victory became clear. “This is about the people of the 13th?District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias?.?.?. where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”
Marshall, 73, who refused to debate Roem and referred to …
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