GOP Politicos, Lawyers Supporting Openly Gay Judge Nominee In Virginia

Even if that route fails, there also appears to be a shift among GOP leaders who originally voted against Thorne-Begland. A local NBC affiliate reports that Republican Delegate Richard Morris has reversed his position on Thorne-Begland's potential appointment:

According to a memo obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Morris says he's reversing his decision after an extensive review of Thorne-Begland's military past.

Several lawmakers say they were opposed to Thorne-Begland's election to the bench because he violated the military's the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy when he came out on national television back in 1992. Some conservative delegates also believed he would pursue a gay rights agenda from the bench.

Morris' support comes after several prominent lawyers wrote the court in support of Thorne-Begland. A Richmond City Councilmen also proposed a resolution backing the former Navy pilot.

Senator Donald McEachin is praising Delegate Morris, releasing a statement that reads in part, "In this action, Delegate Morris has shown himself to be truly serving the public and willing to do what is best, regardless of previous statements of partisanship".

Leopards can indeed change their spots.

Comments

  1. Matt26 says

    Good. Never understood the combination of judging and sexuality. A good judge is a good judge, who leaves his/her sexuality outdise of the courtroom. Has it sth do with lib/con issue?

  2. Steve says

    In contrast, a lesbian lawyer who argued Vermont’s Civil Union case is now on the state’s Supreme Court. A position that – unlike a district court – actually has some political influence.

  3. QJ201 says

    He should be appointed during recess. If the General Assembly tries to remove him…it will solely be due to his sexual orientation…and will create a legal mess and possibly a court ruling.

  4. Brian says

    It used to be that these scumbag politicians used to be able to hide their bigoted decisions because the media colluded with their homophobia and kept things undercover. It’s a new day now, and thinking Republicans know they are at the end of an era (good riddance). I am sure these ‘legislators’ thought they could get away with this disgusting decision with no problem. They were wrong. Mr. Thorne-Begland put his life on the line for this country as a member of our armed forces, and look how they treated him. Guess what, guys, you got caught.

  5. Brian says

    It used to be that these scumbag politicians used to be able to hide their bigoted decisions because the media colluded with their homophobia and kept things undercover. It’s a new day now, and thinking Republicans know they are at the end of an era (good riddance). I am sure these ‘legislators’ thought they could get away with this disgusting decision with no problem. They were wrong. Mr. Thorne-Begland put his life on the line for this country as a member of our armed forces, and look how they treated him. Guess what, guys, you got caught.

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