Tracy Thorne-Begland’s fight to become a judge in the state of Virginia has ended in victory. After a year, the interim judge has been elected to a full term. The opposition to Thorne-Begland stemmed from the fact that he is openly gay. He was a Top Gun fighter pilot in the Navy.
The final vote was 66 to 28 in the House with one abstention, and 8-0 in the Senate after twelve social conservatives walked out rather than vote for or against. A majority of the Senators would rather not vote than vote when it came to a gay judge.