Updated below the fold with some bleating by Bob Marshall to the media.
See the post below this one. Did they read the memo? Did they understand it? No. Virginia Republicans just rejected the election of Tracy Thorne-Begland to the General District Court because he’s gay, and for no other reason. They just don’t get it.
I would so like to have been proven wrong for once. Alas, Virginia is poised to be a national laughingstock, again. There’s sure to be plenty of embarrassing video footage.
Delegate Bob Marshall said he will seek to remove the name of Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland from a list of proposed District Court judicial appointments.
“I don’t even think it’s proper to put his name forward because of his behavior,” said Marshall, who called Thorne-Begland “a homosexual activist,” in a press release.
Thorne-Begland has been nominated to serve as a judge for Richmond’s General District Court, but, Marshall challenges the nomination on the grounds of the prosecutor’s sexual orientation.
“We have a constitution which says marriage is between one man and one woman and if he’s taking an oath, he has to uphold and defend that as a judge,” said Marshall.
“If his lifestyle is exactly contrary to that… I don’t see how he could do that,” he said.
Thorne-Begland lives with a partner and they have two children.
“I don’t know why the folks on the courts committee didn’t catch this before…but they didn’t…but it’s up to us to act as a backstop,” said Marshall, whose request has so far been denied by House Republican leadership.
Thorne-Begland was one of the early, prominent challengers to the military’s former “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” regulation. He served as a Navy aviation lieutenant and was discharged once he disclosed his sexual orientation on national television.
Yes, we knew this already. In Bob Marshall’s twisted and frightened mind, when a gay person is honest about who they are and lives with integrity, that makes them a “homosexual activist.”