WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

Virginia Swears In First Openly Gay Judge

March 2, 2013

The Commonwealth of Virginia has officially sworn in its first openly gay judge.

Tracy Thorne-Begland took the oath at Richmond City Hall on Friday. He's now the presiding judge at the city's general district court.

Thorne-Begland's road to the bench came with complications. The General Assembly rejected his initial appointment last year.

This year, some members reiterated the same concerns they had last year, saying they had concerns for perceived activism coming from the bench if he were approved.

Thorne-Begland was approved by the House of Delegates and Senate in the 2013 General Assembly session. He will serve a six-year term.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 194542111