Remember the situation a few weeks ago with Tracy Thorne-Begland, the Virginia prosecutor who was nominated for a state judgeship by Republicans but voted down by bigots in the state legislature because he’s gay? Well now he’s been appointed anyway by the judges on the circuit.
Richmond Circuit Court judges on Thursday appointed prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to the General District Court bench, filling a vacancy created when the House of Delegates rejected his nomination last month.
Thorne-Begland, 45, will be the first openly gay judge in Virginia when his appointment takes effect July 1. He will occupy the bench in the 13th Judicial District in the Manchester courthouse in South Richmond…
The appointment is a vindication of sorts for Thorne-Begland and his supporters, who argued that his rejection by the GOP-controlled House of Delegates last month was primarily motivated by the fact that he is openly gay.
It is also a bold move for the judges of the Richmond Circuit Court, who know his interim appointment could face political opposition when it comes up for review next year in the legislature.
Thorne-Begland has the support of Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is about as anti-gay as it gets.