If the government at all levels has a duty to uphold the family, then it follows that it has the authority to legitimately discriminate in support of this goal.
Luckily, McDonnell hasn’t been overly successful imposing his views at the government level. But hiring policies at Regent University, where McDonnell served on the Board of regents for seven years, follow Bob’s thinking.
The Washington Post observed
In 1996, McDonnell became a member of Regent's Board of Trustees, a position in which he served until 2004. By then, the Titus view on permissible sexual distinctions had become firmly rooted in university policy. Critics have cited Regent's "Equal Opportunity Policy" -- which includes a section addressing sex discrimination -- in contending that McDonnell long tolerated sexually discriminatory policies at Regent.
The third provision of the policy commits Regent to equal opportunity "without regard to gender," although "consistent with a scriptural family policy, recognizing that God created mankind male and female (as determined at birth and not subject to change), and recognizing that God instituted and defined the family as the primary civil institution of civil governance, designating a specific authority structure within the home." As biblical authority for that statement, the provision cites a passage from Ephesians, which reads: "Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church."
Here's the actual policy:
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY:3. Afford equal opportunity to applicants, students and employees without regard to gender and consistent with a scriptural family policy, recognizing that God created mankind male and female (Gen. 1:27) (as determined at birth and not subject to change), and recognizing that God instituted and defined the family as the primary civil institution of human governance, designating a specific authority structure within the home (Eph. 5:22-23; 1 Pet. 3:1-7).
4. Base decisions upon a person's qualifications for the position being filled or the benefit sought, recognizing that God has gifted men variously, as He wills (Ex. 35:30, 36:2; 1 Cor. 12:6-11; Rom. 12:3-8; Eph. 4:11-13).
5. Afford equal opportunity to applicants, students and employees without regard to age or physical or mental disability, unless such condition would impede one's ability to fulfill the demands of the position or activity under consideration, recognizing that age and physical or mental disability can interfere with one's ability to fulfill a particular responsibility (Deut. 31:2).
Ephesians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
Wives and Husbands
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
1 Peter 3:1-7 (New International Version)
1 Peter 3
Wives and Husbands
1Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
7Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.