Tracy Thorne-Begland Hub




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

Judgeceremony

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.

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


Virginia Legislature Expected to Approve Gay Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland for Bench

Yesterday I posted about Richmond General District Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, who was appointed to the bench by Circuit Court judges last June on an interim basis after he was rejected by Virginia's Republican-controlled House. Thorne-Begland was set to appear before a joint House and Senate panel for an interview to make his appointment permanent.

Thorne-beglandThe panel voted unanimously to send his nomination to the full floor for a vote, the Washington Post reports:

Republicans have largely dropped their opposition.

At a joint meeting of House and Senate judicial panels Monday, several House members who had opposed him last year said they would vote for him now.

“I look forward to voting for you,” said Del. Richard L. Morris (R-Isle of Wight), a Navy veteran and military lawyer who abstained in May.

Most opponents said last year that they objected to Thorne-Begland not because of his sexual orientation but because of his outspokenness on the subject of gay rights.

UPDATE: The Virginia House of Delegates has voted 66-28 to confirm Thorne-Begland, with one abstention.


Virginia's First Out Gay Judge Faces Interview Before Legislature

Thorne-begland

Richmond General District Court Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, who was appointed to the bench by Circuit Court judges last June on an interim basis after he was rejected by Virginia's Republican-controlled House, will face Senate and House committees again today, the AP reports:

Thorne-Begland’s appointment expires next month unless the legislature makes it permanent. Democrats applauded the circuit court’s action, but GOP leaders criticized the court for appointing Thorne-Begland over their objections. They said the law allowing circuit courts to fill vacancies when the legislature is not in session was not intended as an appeals process for rejected candidates. Republicans are sponsoring legislation to prohibit such appointments.

Conservative Republican Delegate Bob Marshall told WTVR in June that the decision puts the judges at odds with lawmakers who appointed them and that to put Thorne-Begland, a former Air Force pilot who spoke out against 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' before its repeal, was a "disgrace."

“To place someone on the board like that who, when he was offered an opportunity to rebut a presumption that he wasn’t committing a felony, under the uniform code of military justice, declined to do so, is a disgrace," said Marshall.


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged