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VA House of Delegates vote rejecting Tracy Thorne-Begland


In the early hours of the morning, the Virginia House of Delegates, led by far-right activists, refused to confirm the judicial nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland, simply because he is gay. Here is how each voted: 

Nays - 31

Anderson, Bell R.P., Bell R.B., Byron, Cline, Cole, Cosgrove, Cox J.A., Dudenhefer, Edmunds, Fariss, Garrett, Greason, Helsel, Hodges, Hugo, Iaquinto, Knight, Lingamfelter, Marshall D.W., Marshall R.G., Massie, Merricks, Morefield, Pogge, Poindexter, Ramadan, Robinson Villanueva, Watson, Wilt

Abstentions under Rule 69 - 10

Cox M.K., Crockett-Stark, Ingram, Landes, O'Quinn, Putney, Rush, Scott E.T., Sherwood, Stolle

Not Voting - 26, Yeas - 33

This sort of intolerance is unacceptable in Virginia. All residents of our Commonwealth should be treated fairly and equally. Homophobia is not an acceptable reason to reject qualified judicial nominees. Tell the 41 Delegates who rejected Thorne-Begland's nomination that Virginians won't stand for this blatant intolerance.

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Your rank discrimination is unacceptable in this day and age.


This is despicable and an embarrassment to say this is my state. One of you is in my district. YOU WILL NOT GET my vote or my husbands. I am not gay.


What happened last night is a clear message that delegates believe their personal bigotry has a place on the floor of the House of Delegates, this is a low moment for this great state of Virginia.


Another black eye for Virginia. We need to choose more wisely for our representatives. They seem to be listening to their "ALEC " bosses instead of their constituents.


Appalling and shameful for Virginia, These delegates should be votedo ut of office.

I can't wait for the current republican delegates to get voted out of office; and the new generation of non-homophobic republican leadership takes over. Out with the old in with the new.

It's not just the Nays that have once again stained our state, which once again appears to be as backwoods as possible. Those that abstained because they lacked the courage to help take a step forward should go hide in the dark.


Shameful and another embarrassment for Virginia.


What a step backward!
I don't know who are worse, those who voted against the appointment, or the Abstentions and Not Voting. The Abstentions and Not Voting haven't got the spine to stand up to the bigots, or to display their own bigotry.

Where are the heads of those without a spine?
Think about that.

Stan H


So ashamed of this vote. It is not representative of what the majority of Virginians - gay or not - support. Let's hope that fair and open-minded candidates will run against those who did not have the desire or courage to confirm the nomination - and let's all work to get them elected!


Hey, let's take the opportunity to thank the "yeas" like Dave Albo, too!


Once again I am embarassed by our state government. We elected our legislators to represent our values and they don't even have the backbone to be present for a crucial issue in Virginia politics. We will remember this come next election. Virginia of all states should be setting the example of "EQUAL RIGHTS TO ALL". I am so ashamed to say I am a Virginia citizen right now.


Shameful and Disgusting and the cowards that didn't even vote ... by far the worst! Being a citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia is becoming a liability and ALL of my out of state friends have commented on it. Have we learned nothing from our ravaged history of Slavery, Jim Crow and Separte but Hardly Equal, Massive Resistance ... and now this blatant bigotry. I have a feeling many of you will be doing something different when your terms are up. Very, very disgraceful.


Those of you who did not vote are even more guilty as those who rejected this fine candidate. You have show that you don't want to vote your convictions...whatever they are.

Alright, are you all saying the judge candidate WAS not elected with a winning vote of 33 to 31? and does ANYONE know any of the reasons of the abstain votes or even the reason there were votes not recorded for the delegates? i bet the answer is no, you assume that they didn't vote because you assume they are against you, you assume they abstained because they were trying to weaken the vote. I'd like to know those reasons before condemning someone to being a bigot as well as those passing judgement on anyone that votes or doesn't vote is being a bigot them selves.

for instance: you are in a committee with others and you are choosing to allow a second mosk or jewish temple to be built within your borders, and you're christian. if you decide to say no are you being a bigot or did you hear about that plan that is going to allow a beautiful park for all to use with the dog run and a dog shelter offering to clean up the dog poop for free in that run!???

think people... look, read, understand then decide how you'll act and understand there are possibly other issues for someone to disagree with you as well as to deny someone who is gay a seat on the bench before you become what you accuse others of being. oh one thing: left anonymously because I chose to not because i'm afraid i will get lambasted becuase of my challenge to have people think!


Jon, That is a interesting comparison you attempt to make. The vetting process for a nominee is the 3 month opportunity to exempt a nominee for many reasons! Tracy Thorne- Begland was the only judge who was openly gay and the only one who was openly attacked by several delegates .

The delegates that did not vote for different reasons I am sure will surface over time, or not!

On the note of being afraid, Most of the individual's who support individual rights have more tolerance for those who think differently, the fact this issue has made the most tolerant people in this country outraged is a good indicator of the injustice that occurred last week!

Lastly your luxury of speaking your truth and hiiding behind an alias is ironic! It is the individual's in this country who are honest, trustworthy and comfortable with who they are that actually make a difference for all of us! Consider all the people in our state who are openly gay and are confronted with the bigotry that is believed by some to be acceptable, that "Jon" is something that you might not have considered because your more concerned with telling other people their stupid and that your afraid?

I believe this was about bigotry and I am in the know! I also am comfortable with my name being out there!

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