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{Virginia} Legislature elects 1st openly gay judge to Richmond court

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Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:53 pm | Updated: 2:25 pm, Tue Jan 15, 2013.

Legislature elects 1st openly gay judge to Richmond court
JIM NOLAN Richmond Times-Dispatch
Richmond Times-Dispatch

The Virginia House and Senate elected interim Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland to a full term on the Richmond Manchester General District Court today, giving legislative approval to the state' s first openly gay judge after rejecting him last year.

The Republican-controlled House voted first, approving him 66-28 with one abstention, and was followed by a Senate vote of 28-0. Twelve social conservatives in the Senate did not vote.

"I want to thank the members of the General Assembly for their thoughtful deliberation concerning my nomination," Thorne-Begland told The Times-Dispatch. "I also want to thank my family for their support throughout this process, and I look forward to continuing my service on behalf of this great commonwealth."

The respected ex-Richmond prosecutor is a decorated former Naval aviator who in 1992 challenged the military's now defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy prohibiting gays from serving in the armed forces.



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Hat tip to Joe My God:

VA House Elects Openly Gay Judge
http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2013/01/va-house-elects-openly-gay-judge.html

ETA: from the WaPo:

Lawmakers appoint Virginiaís gay judge after rejecting him last year
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/lawmakers-appoint-virginias-gay-judge-after-rejecting-him-last-year/2013/01/15/4d2a76f6-5f41-11e2-9940-6fc488f3fecd_story.html

By Laura Vozzella and Errin Haines, Jan 15, 2013 06:52 PM EST

The Washington Post Tuesday, January 15, 1:52 PM
Virginia's General Assembly voted Tuesday to appoint a gay judge to the bench, reversing its decision last year to reject his nomination.

Without debate but with a walk-out by more than half of the Republican caucus, the Senate voted 28-0 to appoint Tracy Thorne-Begland to a six-year term on Richmondís General District Court judgeship. The vote in the House, also without debate, was 66-28 in favor of his appointment.

In both chambers, all of those opposed to his appointment were Republicans.

In the Senate, 12 of the chamberís 20 Republicans left the chamber rather than vote on the matter. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment (R-James City), who supported the appointment, had urged anyone opposed to leave the chamber rather than cast a no vote against the nominee. He said that is the custom in the Senate.


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mahatmakanejeeves Jan 2013 OP
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Neurotica Jan 2013 #2
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:50 PM

1. K&R !!!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:54 PM

2. Great news! Waiting for the roll call to see how some of my local legislators voted...

Can't wait to hear the excuses this time around. Some tried to justify their "no" votes last year by saying that Thorne-Begland violated Don't Ask Don't Tell. Really?!

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Response to Neurotica (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:08 PM

3. I haven't seen that yet. From the article:

No surprise:

All 28 of the votes against Thorne-Begland were cast by Republicans, including a contingent of military veterans who had earlier raised objection to Thorne-Begland's decision to publicly come out as gay while serving in the U.S. Navy.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:29 PM

4. Here are the individual votes

http://www.bluevirginia.us/diary/8510/congratulations-to-judge-tracy-thornebegland

Surprise surprise -- my R delegate switched his vote to "yea"

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:02 PM

6. Great news.

 

Gay rights march on.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:06 PM

7. Amazed to see my R delegate voted yea. But then, I live in a blue county.

 

He's still a fucking asshole.

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