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VIRGINIA: Tracy Thorne-Begland Sworn In As State’s First Openly Gay Judge

After a lengthy battle against local and national hate groups, yesterday former prosecutor and Navy jet pilot Tracy Thorne-Begland (above right) kissed his husband after being sworn in as Virginia’s first openly gay judge. That process took its toll on Thorne-Begland. In fact, he said the long nomination process left him physically and mentally exhausted. Thorne-Begland said the history-making moment …

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VA House Elects Openly Gay Judge

After more than a year of GOP obstruction, today the Virginia House elected openly gay Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland, a formal naval aviator dismissed under DADT, to a six-year term on the Richmond District state bench. The interim Manchester General District Court judge — a respected former Richmond prosecutor and decorated Naval aviator who in 1992 challenged the military’s now defunct …

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