It is time for another civil war in the south: Virginia Lawmakers Vote Against Gay Judge to Bench…

No joke that it is time for another “civil war’ in the South. Considering what happened in N.C. last week and now Tracy Thorne-Begland being denied a judicial nomination to the bench after SCUMBAG Bob Marchall led an shameless bigoted campaign against him. And when i say shameless, Marshall had no bones about using Begland’s open homosexuality as the bases for denial. It is far time the south and social conservatives that shit all over the place down there, are schooled, their confederate flag burned and their hate shut the fuck down. They clearly have not learned anything from the first Civil War…

Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland had been nominated to Richmond’s 13th General District Court and would have been the state’s first openly gay nominee to win confirmation. But he got only 33 votes instead of the 51 needed after Delegate Bob Marshall led social conservatives on a crusade against him.

Marshall claimed that Thorne-Begland is a “homosexual advocate.” The former Naval aviator was honorably discharged after coming out on Nightline in the ’90s, which opponents said shows his disregard for the law — referring to the now-defunct “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Marshall also complained that Thorne-Begland is in a committed relationship with his partner, with whom he’s raising twins. Marshall pointed to their relationship as proof Thorne-Begland doesn’t adhere to the state’s constitution, which bans same-sex unions.

“It’s hard to think about what happened in the General Assembly and not conclude that it’s a form of bigotry,” Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael N. Herring told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “It casts a definite pall on the state.”

For his part, the state’s Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, tried to distance himself from fellow members of his party who made the decision.

“The governor has long made clear that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not acceptable in state government,” he said in a statement reported by The New York Times. McDonnell said nominees “must be considered based solely on their merit, record, aptitude and skill.”

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