Despite the General Assembly’s best efforts, Tracy Thorne-Begland has become Virginia’s first ever openly gay judge. Temporarily, anyway.
You’ll remember the interesting (and idiotic) stance of Bob Marshall, Virginia’s GOP delegate, who felt that a gay judge couldn’t possibly rule fairly in a case involving both a homosexual and a heterosexual.
Mr. Marshall’s still at it:
It infuriated Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who along with the Family Foundation of Virginia helped convince the General Assembly that Thorne-Begland was unfit for the bench.
“I think it’s highly imprudent and arrogant on their part,” said Marshall. “I hope Virginia understands what’s going on here: They’re contesting the authority of the General Assembly here. . . . This is an act of defiance on their part. When appointed officials get in fights with elected officials, they invariably lose.”
That sounds like a threat to me.
He also continued the nonsensical backpedaling:
“My initial opposition to Mr. Thorne-Begland had nothing to do with his sexual orientation but was based on the belief that Mr. Thorne-Begland went on national television in his Navy uniform and spoke against standing Navy policy which would be a violation of Navy regulations and a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) because of the prohibition of being in uniform,” Morris wrote in the letter.