A Virginia circuit court has appointed openly gay prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to fill a vacant judgeship despite a recent vote in the state’s House of Delegates not to confirm him for the post, according to the Washington Blade.
“I am humbled by the Circuit Court’s decision. I look forward to serving the citizens of the city of Richmond as a jurist, and over the coming months I hope that my service provides comfort to all Virginians that I remain committed to the faithful application of the laws and constitutions of Virginia and the United States of America,” Thorne-Begland said in a statement.
Anti-gay Delegate Bob Marshall, who earlier led the effort to block Thorne-Begland’s confirmation in the Virginia House, fumed at the news Thursday night. ”We appointed the judges who appointed him. So they are calling into question our own judgment. That is not smart, on the part of these circuit court judges,” Marshall told Richmond CBS affiliate WTVR.
Thorne-Begland is a former military aviator who was discharged after coming out as gay.