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Congratulations to Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland!


Great news – it’s about time!

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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 EqualityVirginia.org.  Connect on Facebook.com/EqualityVA or Twitter @EqualityVA.

  • Richard Anderson

    Richard Bell

    Robert Bell

    Kathy Byron

    Benjamin Cline

    Mark Cole

    John Cox

    Anne Crockett-Stark

    Mark Dudenhefer

    James Edmunds

    Matthe Fariss

    Scott Garrett

    Tim Hugo

    Steven Landes

    Scott Lingamfelter

    Daniel Marshall

    Robert Marshall

    Joe May

    Donald Merricks

    James Morefield

    Brenda Pogge

    Charles Poindexter

    David Ramadan

    Margaret Ransone

    Christopher Stolle

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    Thomas Wright

  • …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.

  • ir003436

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


    (Can I say “PUKE!” on BlueVA?