Jun 14, 2012

GAY PRIDE -- PLEASE MEET: Tracy Thorne-Begland Appointed To Richmond District Court, Becomes Virginia's First Openly Gay Judge

Whoa. This is quite a turnaround.

This morning I mentioned that lawmakers and lawyers were putting pressure on the Circuit Court in Richmond, Virginia, to appoint openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to the District Court, an appointment that was just rejected last month by the state's General Assembly.

Now comes word from both the Washington Post and a local CBS affiliate WTVR that Circuit Court judges have appointed Thorne-Begland for what may only be a temporary position. The General Assembly can overturn the decision when they return to session.

Democratic State Senator A. Donald McEachin released a statement congratulating Thorne-Begland, saying, "I have always had and continue to have the utmost confidence in Mr. Thorne-Begland’s ability to serve our community and I am gratified to see that the circuit court judges share my confidence.”  there is more, HERE

· Thanks to Towleroad, sidebar
· Thanks to Tracy Thorne-Begland, Virginia
· Thanks to Circuit Court, Richmond
· Thanks to The Washington Post

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