Virginia House Rejects Judge Nominee Because He is Gay

Yesterday I posted about Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall's campaign to reject Tracy Thorne-Begland (pictured), a Richmond attorney, from a list of proposed District Court judicial appointments, because Thorne-Begland is gay.

BeglundMarshall won, the WaPo reports:

The House of Delegates voted 33 to 31, with 10 abstentions, to make Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland a General District Court judge in Richmond. He had needed 51 votes in the 100-member chamber to win appointment.

“He holds himself out as being married,” said Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who is running for U.S. Senate. Noting that gay marriage is not legal in Virginia, he said that Thorne-Begland’s “life is a contradiction to the requirement of submission to the constitution.”

Said Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Virginia’s first openly gay senator: “The debate in the House of Delegates was homophobic and embarrassing and showed a disrespect to a chief deputy commonwealth attorney and decorated veteran who was honorably discharged. It’s offensive that the Senate wouldn’t even grant Lt. Thorne-Begland the courtesy of a vote.”


  1. Swiminbuff says

    And they say “Virginia is for lovers” !!! Apparently it is more for bigots and homophobes but guess that won’t sell as well in their tourism ads.

  2. Jake says

    This is effing ridiculous. Even if you argue from a “Christian” perspective, you are still asserting privilege and superiority over other ppl’s religions!

    Virginia ought to know — and do — better.

  3. Jake says


    I know, I live in AZ, why should I fuss about VA, we have our own issues.

    I give up on this place, but VA, the home of T Jefferson, oughta do better.

  4. UFFDA says

    You just wait Mr. Begland, the homophobes in the State of Virginia are in for a big comeuppance. Bob Marshal’s flabby face is going to be eating dirt one of these days. And Jesus will be no where to be seen, not that he ever is.

  5. jamal49 says

    So, when WHEN do we get so tired of this bigotry hateful ignorant bigotry that we simply start grabbing these homophobic pricks by their throats and throwing them against the wall and kicking them square in their cojones?

  6. Sargon Bighorn says

    Yet ANOTHER example of how the Gay Civil Rights Struggle is EXACTLY like the Black Civil Rights struggle. Discrimination based on his demand to be treated equally and taking action to affirm that equality. Just like a Black man walking into a Whites only cafe and demanding equality.

  7. GLAW2014 says

    Where is the outrage GOProud and Log Cabin Republicans? If you are not against this…what exactly are you fighting for? While the rest of the gay community is fighting the good fight, those guys are worried about protecting their wallets…just saying.

  8. says

    GOProud and Uncle Tom’s Log Cabin Republicans are sitting waiting for something “liberal” to complain about. They can’t complain about Republican bigotry or else their parents won’t let them sit at the family table at dinner.

  9. AERES says

    Actually, the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign has been replaced with “Virgini: Open for Business” – no joke. All “Welcome to Virginia” highway signs now have an “Open for Buisness” sign below them. Not particularly shocking considering the ascendancy of the GOP in the state.

  10. Onnyjay says

    Same bottom-feeders that closed the public schools to keep the nigras out. Jefferson, Madison, Henry et all have been spinning in their graves for quite a while, and with Georgie “Makaka” Allen and Ken “Koochie” Cucinelli lining up to steal the next election, the future looks pretty grim.

  11. Peter says

    Virginia has bred the worst in America. 400 years of sins against humanity and they still don’t learn. Majority are still white trash, ignorant racists, and homophobes.

  12. Matt says

    Let’s see.
    Virginia: capital of the Confederacy. Virginia: the defendant in Loving v. Virginia where the Supreme Court had to tell Virginia it couldn’t criminalize an interracial marriage.
    Virginia: a state where Republicans are freaking out because liberal Northern Virginia is starting to catch up to and will soon outweigh the rest of the state. So live it up, heehaws, change is coming.

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