Gay Judge Debate Renewed in Richmond

Washington Post
June 13, 2012

Leaders of Richmond’s five biggest law firms are urging the city’s Circuit Court judges to do what the General Assembly would not: Appoint an openly gay man to the bench.

“We understand that the Court is considering appointing Tracy Thorne-Begland to the District Court for the City of Richmond,” read a letter the lawyers sent Tuesday. “We believe he would be an outstanding jurist and support his appointment.”

The General Assembly last month blocked Thorne-Begland’s appointment to the low-level District Court bench.