2012-05-16 18:36:22

Virginia House Denies Judgeship to Openly Gay Prosecutor

Virginia's Republican-led House has rejected the judicial nomination of an openly gay prosecutor after opponents said he would push an activist agenda. Tracy Thorne-Begland, a former Navy officer and fighter pilot, failed to gain the necessary majority when lawmakers voted 33-to-31 to support him, with 10 abstaining. Thorne-Begland was the only candidate among more than three dozen judicial nominees to be rejected. Two decades ago, Thorne-Begland appeared on ABC's "Nightline" and disclosed his sexual orientation in a challenge to the military?s ban on openly LGBTQ servicemembers. Republicans have accused him of "homosexual advocacy" and said his sexual orientation would render him unable to be impartial.

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