Tracy Thorne-Begland denied judicial appointment because of gay activism

After a discussion that lasted well into the early Tuesday morning hours, the House of Delegates rejected the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland as a judge in the General District Court. Thorne-Begland would be the first openly gay judge to serve in Virginia. The current Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney needed a majority of the 100-member House. […]

After a discussion that lasted well into the early Tuesday morning hours, the House of Delegates rejected the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland as a judge in the General District Court. Thorne-Begland would be the first openly gay judge to serve in Virginia.

The current Chief Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney needed a majority of the 100-member House. He received 33 votes, with all 31 Republicans voting against him.

Thorne-Begland’s appointment was criticized by Del. Bob Marshall (R – Prince William) who thought that Thorne-Begland’s homosexual activism would compromise the judicial role.

I spent time with Tracy Thorne-Begland last August. He spoke with me about being discharged from the military twice for being gay, appearing with Ted Koppel on Nightline, and a whole host of other things. You can read my profile of him.

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

1 comment on Tracy Thorne-Begland denied judicial appointment because of gay activism

  1. Scott on said:

    Bob Marshall’s comments on this are ridiculous.

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