About a month ago this Forum commented on the rejection of an openly gay person to be a judge in the state of
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012
Ah, Bigotry Rears Its Ugly Head in
Deny Judgeship to Person Because He is Openly Gay Virginia
An Embarrassing Turn Of Events, Embarrassing Because It is Not Embarrassing to the Republicans
If there is any doubt that Republicans favor a merit based society their position on Affirmative Action should erase all doubts. Republicans are firmly opposed to any programs that try to make up for prejudice and injustice of the past, because they say everyone should be judged on their merits, and not on their personal characteristics. Discrimination is wrong, utterly and totally wrong they say.
Of course this meritocracy position is shattered by what Republicans actually do. In
they have rejected confirmation of a judge for that state for the sole
reason that he is gay. Virginia
The Virginia House of Delegates rejected the judicial nomination of a gay prosecutor on Tuesday after conservative Republican lawmakers argued that the nominee would press an activist agenda.
The reason for the rejection was neither hidden nor complex, Republicans voted against the gentleman because he was an openly gay person.
Apparently courts in
appointments to the bench all by themselves when there is a temporary
vacancy, and that
is exactly what has happened. Virginia
Tracy Thorne-Begland’s appointment to the city District Court judgeship is temporary, lasting only until the next General Assembly session.
There is no question that Mr. Thorne-Begland was qualified to serve.
Earlier this week, leaders of
five largest law firms urged
the city’s Circuit Court judges to appoint him to the bench. Richmond
And just to put the icing on the cake, and to make everyone (bigots excluded of course) feel even better there is this.
Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince
William), who along with the Family Foundation of helped convince the General
Assembly that Thorne-Begland was unfit for the bench. Virginia
All in all, a good result all the way around.