The Virginia House of Delegates is guilty of blatant discrimination

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On Monday night – Virginia delegates fell 18 votes shy of appointing Tracy Thorne-Begland to be a judge on the District Court. Thorne-Begland served in the NAVY year for 20-years, was one of Richmond’s top prosecutors, was sponsored for the job, and supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

But Thorne-Begland is also gay – which according to Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall disqualified him from being a judge. As Marshall said, “I don’t even think it’s proper to put his name forward because of his behavior.” This is a sad day in Virginia – and a reminder that despite how far we’ve come since the Civil Rights Movement – we still have a long way to go.

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 9:59 am


There is no explaining or correcting the woefully ignorant that use such criteria to vote against a qualified candidate. The way to enlidghtenment is to recodgnize your own ignorance and these people are too invested in 'Knowing what needs to be known." not in learning anything new.

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Aug. 17, 2011 9:31 pm

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