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Congratulations to Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland!

by: lowkell

Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 13:38:51 PM EST

Great news - it's about time!

(Image from Del. Jennifer McClellan; click to "embiggen")
Equality Virginia Statement on Thorne-Begland's Appointment to the Bench


Richmond, VA - Today, Equality Virginia applauds the House of Delegates for making the right decision and confirming Tracy Thorne-Begland's appointment to the Richmond General District Court.

"This is a big step forward after last year's actions made embarrassing national headlines," Executive Director James Parrish said.

"Equality Virginia is pleased that the House of Delegates could see that Thorne-Begland is a qualified candidate with integrity and a long history of public service," Parrish said.  "Thorne-Begland has served his country and his city with honor and unquestioned competence first as a Navy pilot and then as a prosecutor."

"We're glad the House of Delegates took a second look at his candidacy and this time the decision was based on his qualifications and not on who he is or who he loves," Parrish said.  "While Thorne-Begland has been given another opportunity, without employment protections, most Virginians do not get a second chance at their jobs after being fired or not hired because of their sexual orientation."

Equality Virginia is a statewide, non-partisan education, outreach, and advocacy organization seeking equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Virginians.  Since 1989, EV has worked to end discrimination, protect families and build safe communities.  More information is online at  Connect on or Twitter @EqualityVA.

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And the Dirty Dozen Senate Republicans (0.00 / 0)
...who walked out rather than vote for a gay man as a judge. Disgusting:

Black, Carrico, Garrett, Hanger, Martin, McWaters, Newman, Obenshain, Reevess, Smith, Stanley and Stuart.

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My delegate, Margaret Ransone, 99th District, voted NO.  


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