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Tracy Thorne-Begland Sworn In As Virginia's First Openly Gay Judge: VIDEO

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Tracy Thorne-Begland did the seemingly impossible yesterday. After overcoming Republican opposition in Virginia's House of Delegates, the former Navy pilot was sworn in as the state's first openly gay judge. His husband and their two children were on hand to celebrate Thorne-Begland's new place on the General District Court.

Speaking after the investiture, Thorne-Begland and Michael celebrated with a kiss, which is most definitely another first for Virginia: a judge kissing his same-sex partner in the Richmond City Council.

Watch video of local CBS affiliate WTVR's report AFTER THE JUMP.

Sorry it's so small. The original can be viewed here

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  1. BRAVO!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 2, 2013 2:36:30 PM


  2. Awesome.

    Posted by: Robbie Horn | Mar 2, 2013 2:50:00 PM


  3. He looks like Gomer Pyle - Jim Nabors.

    Posted by: Jake | Mar 2, 2013 3:42:35 PM


  4. Wonderful...the honor and especially the kiss.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 2, 2013 8:29:57 PM


  5. Now THIS... This here is awesome on so sooo many levels.

    Posted by: Michelle | Mar 3, 2013 6:36:46 AM


  6. when there is a back bench of gay justices, there is a bench from which to draw further appointments to higher courts. this is the road to equality...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Mar 3, 2013 7:12:13 AM


  7. Since gay marriage is illegal in Virginia, in what state where they married?

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 3, 2013 4:12:29 PM


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