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Act Now To Stop A Radical Leftist

By Greg L | 12 May 2012 | Virginia Politics, Virginia House | 29 Comments

Call your Delegates and Senators right away and urge them to put a stop to efforts to appoint a homosexual activist to a District Court as a judge.  Delegate Bob Marshall has proposed an amendment to the legislation appointing these judges that is scheduled on Monday, May 14th and unless that amendment prevails Virginia will ensconce a radical leftist in a position of judicial power.  So far the Republican leadership has failed to act on this issue, trying to keep in place a legislative deal that will be bad for Virginia.

Here’s Delegate Marshall’s appeal:

Dear Friends,

On Monday, May 14, the General Assembly will vote to appoint several judges. One District Court applicant, Tracy Thorne-Begland, has been an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda, lives with his “partner” and two adopted children.

After more than a week of pleading by some Republican Caucus members, the House Republican Leadership has so far declined to remove Mr. Thorne-Begland’s name from the block of nominees. If this situation remains unchanged, I will offer an amendment to remove his name.

Please contact your Republican delegate by early Monday, to support my amendment.  Remember, one judge threw out Proposition 8, negating the voices of 7 million Californians who voted to protect marriage.

Mr. Thorne joined the military under clear rules which he challenged when he sued the Department of Defense to change DADT.  Will he challenge rules which apply to Virginia courts?

Here are a few of the results of a Google search of his name, including his activism with the national homosexual advocacy group, Human Rights Campaign, and Equality Virginia:

May 10. 1993:  NBC Nightly News story regarding President Clinton’s pro-homosexual policy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PMEXfSqm5k;

Mr. Thorne sued the Department of Defense (Thorne vs. Department of Defense)claiming DADT restricted Free Speech. The case was filed in U.S. District Court, Alexandria. His claim was rejected by the Fourth Circuit and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case;

May 26, 2010: Mr. Thorne wrote a Letter to the Editor to the Richmond Times Dispatch entitled “Lies and Deceit Must End” in opposition to the ban on homosexuals serving in the military;

September 21, 2011: WAVY TV interviewed Tracy Thorne-Begland about the end of DADT;

RVA News wrote an essay, “An Open and Honest Life,” by Nathan Cushing, the biography of Tracy Thorne-Begland including photo with his partner, and Barack Obama;

November 15, 2011: Gayinfluence.blogspot.com/2011/11/tracy-thorne-begland.htmlGay and Bisexual Men of Influence;

The above is a partial list of public, partisan activism which is protected by the First Amendment. Nevertheless, is this public activism consistent with the judicial demeanor and temperament we expect of Judges who serve the public?

The text of Virginia’s Marriage Amendment reads: “That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.” [Virginia Constitution, section 15A, ratified November 7, 2006, and effective January 1, 2007 (emphasis added).]

The Virginia Constitution specifies that all officers elected or appointed must take the following oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me as ……………….., according to the best of my ability (so help me God).

Can this candidate swear the required oath, if he has already indicated by his past public actions that he does not support this section of Virginia’s Constitution barring same sex legal relationships?  While our judges and judicial candidates in the Commonwealth certainly have a right to free speech, they do not have the right to disregard the Virginia Constitution.

If you agree, please ask your state Delegate and Senator to support my amendment which I will offer if necessary to remove his name from the block of Judges to be approved.

Thank you!

- Bob Marshall

Virginia State Delegate

13th District

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  1. NoVA Scout said on 13 May 2012 at 5:54 am:
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    I didn’t see anything in the linked materials that indicated that this guy is a “radical leftist.” What was that reference in the post? It appears that he has been an aggressive advocate against restrictions of homosexuals in the military. I don’t see that that’s a particularly “left” position, as a lot of conservatives, particularly those of the individual liberties/strong national defense persuasion would take a similar view.

  2. Chester said on 13 May 2012 at 7:07 am:
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    So NoVA Scout equates male to male homosexual sex in the human sewer system on par with conception and nuturing of a child within the nuclear man-woman family unit?

  3. NoVA Scout said on 13 May 2012 at 9:00 pm:
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    No. Try reading slowly, Chester. If you go over it a few times, and think about the meaning of words, you might get a bit closer. I said nothing about the subject occupying your mind early this morning. Do try to get out of the gutter, man.

    This is a classic illustration of why literacy programs have to be given top priority by any pol seeking public support. Chester here is old enough to have access to a computer and the internet, but can’t figure out what plain English words mean. Very sad.

    My point was that advocates of homosexual rights who are conservative, liberal, Republican, Democrat, and a variety of other taxonomies. Whatever the merits of this guy for the office he’s up for, I didn’t see anything in the post that makes him a “radical leftist.” He didn’t advocate the nationalization of means of production or the imposition of a dictatorship of the proletariat. He may be a radical leftist, but, if there’s information supporting that, Greg’s withholding it.

  4. NoVA Scout said on 13 May 2012 at 9:01 pm:
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    Apologies. Strike “who” in first sentence of third para.

  5. James Young said on 14 May 2012 at 3:18 pm:
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    I’m always entertained by those who deny that the radical homosexual agenda is leftist, and that those who support it aren’t (at least, not all of them).

    Is there anything MORE statist than trying to redefine the fundamental association underlying human civilization?

    And why are they so afraid of discussions of the nature of (as the author focused on) male homosexual relations?

  6. Jon Wong said on 14 May 2012 at 5:44 pm:
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    see www.opinion-maker.org/2010/08/why-obama-is-subjected-to-blackmails/

  7. Anonymous said on 14 May 2012 at 6:52 pm:
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    Wong, that article is just crazy. of course now that we know that Obama is indeed a muslim according to Rev Wright who knows what else could possibly be true.

    I particularly enjoyed this little tidbit from th article: “Sources in Chicago’s gay community report that Obama was attracted to Man’s Country’s older white clientele because he generally enjoys being fellated by older white men. Obama would regularly be seen at Man’s Country on Wednesdays.”

  8. Chester said on 15 May 2012 at 2:38 am:
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    The Democrats want to first molest the minds of children and then molest their bodies later.

    People just don’t want to pay public welfare benefits for two lunatics sodding off all day.

    Muslims would just kill homosexuals.

    Taking into consideration broken clocks tell the correct time twice each day, maybe “spread the other cheek” is not a good public policy.

    In your unabridged Oxford Dictionaries, the word “faggotry” denotes the bundling of steel to be hammered or rolled together.

    Mammalian evolution is entirely heterosexual.

    Monogamy is not required for evolution, monogamy is a tenet of religion.

    To prohibit polyandry and polygyny is an ecclesiastic rule of law.

    To establish an ecclesiastic standard of monogamy for homosexuals is nothing but RELIGIOUS FAGGOTRY.

    Democrats live in a fantasy world where fairies wave magic wands over their anus and babies materialize out of thin air.

    All men are born of a woman.

    If you have to tell grown men that babies will not come out of their rectums, there is no hope for any rational discourse.

  9. June - Reston said on 15 May 2012 at 4:19 am:
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    My Gawd Chester, have you any idea how inane your post sounds? But it is understandable now why you are such an avid supporter of Marshall; you sound just like him.

    Fortunately, Marshall’s public comments will save Virginia. No one capable of a free and reasonable thought would even consider voting for him in the Primary. Though I must admit I am so looking forward to the primaries so we can watch him go down in humilating defeat - and then take Allen down in the elections.


  10. The Bulletproof Monk said on 15 May 2012 at 10:23 am:
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    June….just what exactly did he get wrong? Do you actually participate in the wand-waving…or just believe in it’s awesome power despite any factual proof of said powers?
    You’re whole idiotic rambling doesn’t contain ONE shred of disproving what Chester typed. In fact, you just bolstered Marshall’s credit.

  11. Skepp said on 15 May 2012 at 10:50 am:
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    Is Chester a real person?

  12. Robert L. Duecaster said on 15 May 2012 at 11:34 am:
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    From the WSJ:

    By Joe Palazzolo
    The Virginia House of Delegates blocked the nomination of a gay man for a judgeship in the commonwealth’s capital — not because he is gay, but because of his outspoken support for gay rights, those who oppose him told The Washington Post:

    The House of Delegates voted 33 to 31, with 10 abstentions, to make Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland a General District Court judge in Richmond. He had needed 51 votes in the 100-member chamber to win appointment.

    “He holds himself out as being married,” said Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who is running for U.S. Senate. Noting that gay marriage is not legal in Virginia, he said that Thorne-Begland’s “life is a contradiction to the requirement of submission to the constitution.”

    Mr. Marshall went on to criticize Mr. Thorne-Begland for coming out as a gay Naval officer on “Nightline” two decades ago to challenge “don’t-ask, don’t tell.” The Navy dismissed Mr. Thorne-Begland as a result of the interview, “cheating the country” out of the money it invested in training him, Mr. Marshall told the Post.

    A spokesman for Gov. Robert F. McDonnell had this to say: “The Governor believes candidates for judicial vacancies must be considered based solely on their merit, record, aptitude and skill. No other factors should ever be considered and the Governor has long made clear that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not acceptable in state government. ”

  13. Robert L. Duecaster said on 15 May 2012 at 11:36 am:
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    I think I need to sign up to be a district court judge.

  14. Chester said on 15 May 2012 at 6:45 pm:
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    NoVA Scout, June and Skepp find it intolerant to speak the truth about placing male to male homosexual sex in the human sewer system on par with procreation of the human species within the threshold of a caring and nuturing man-woman nuclear family unit just like liberals do.

    In essence, there are only a limited number of things of value you can pull out of your ass. Liberalism, as a mental disorder is one of those things.

    Surge and Urge, two male homo Democrat Obama supporting fudge packers raising 6 year old Emma and 3 year old Daisy don’t seem quite nuturing to me.

  15. NoVA Scout said on 15 May 2012 at 9:18 pm:
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    I’m a pretty well credentialed Conservative, Chester, and I can’t understand a word you’re saying. As best I can figure out, you’re some sort of radical liberal anarchist set among us to make Conservatives look like fools and loonies. The only protection we have is that no one believes you’re real.

  16. James Young said on 15 May 2012 at 11:03 pm:
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    Yeah, NoVA Scout. Guess we’ll just have to take your word for it on that.

  17. June - Reston said on 15 May 2012 at 11:56 pm:
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    The one thing I value most is knowing that Marshall will experience humiliating defeat in the Primary. And this is a good thing.

    We can revisit this later — after the elections if you need a shoulder to cry on.

  18. NoVA Scout said on 16 May 2012 at 5:06 am:
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    James - if you find Chester’s comments on this thread lucid, I have concerns about you also. The man is ranting. I think he’s a provocateur trying to feed the anti-conservative media with phony commentary that feeds a negative stereotype of Conservatives in America.

  19. June - Reston said on 16 May 2012 at 6:46 am:
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    Mr Marshall needs to be very careful. He won the 2011 elections with 60% of the vote, however only 23% of the registered voters in his district turned out to vote. Mr Marshall is on shaky ground if he wants to retain his seat.

    The seats of the most arrogant are being watched and opposition candidates are being recruited as I type. 2013 and 2015 will be very interesting election years.


  20. Greg L said on 16 May 2012 at 7:58 am:
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    I live in Bob’s district, so I know this ground pretty well. Anyone thinking he’d be in trouble if he was to run for re-election in the 13th District has their judgment irreparably clouded. He will not be primaried by anyone with any shot of beating him (there isn’t anyone in the district who could pull it off) and Democrats have no one they could run against him that could defeat him. Besides, Bob is very well liked in this district and repeatedly trounces anyone who has the misfortune of appearing against him on the ballot.

  21. NovaDude said on 16 May 2012 at 9:50 am:
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    Chester seems to know quite a bit about the sexual practices of male homosexuals, and appears to be quite fixated on the subject.

  22. Chester said on 16 May 2012 at 5:44 pm:
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    NovaDude raises that typical liberal strawman to disparage the messenger to alter the true focus on the deviant nature of homosexuality and whatever other issue may be at hand.

    This is a tried and proven liberal trick and is used by the MSM all of the time.

    NoveDude must be jealous of Surge and Urge.

  23. Novadude said on 16 May 2012 at 5:56 pm:
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    I’m just depending on all of the studies that prove the most homophobic and vitriolic against gays are typically repressed homosexuals themselves.

  24. Chester said on 16 May 2012 at 6:51 pm:
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    Wow Novadude you are really digging low to garner support for your thesis that homosexuality is normal by citing some bullshit study you found in the Wahington Blade.

    [Ed note: comment edited.]

  25. June - Reston said on 16 May 2012 at 7:31 pm:
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    Greg, when only 23% of the registered voters get out and vote, Marshall surely does have it sewn up. But, if we raise that number of active voters to say 40%, 17% of whom are AGAINST Marshall, with the right candidate, don’t be so sure he/she can’t pull it off.

    Marshall has alienated a lot of women and men who will side with their women. He has now alienated gays.

    Bob may have BEEN very well liked before this past General Assembly session, but I think its safe to say, the tide may be turning against him.

    Not everyone in his district is a radical religious zealot, and with a little encouragement, I’m sure there won’t be a problem getting those registered voters to the voting booths in 2013 to vote AGAINST Marshall


    Greg, you’re a married man - you know the old saying, “if momma ain’t happy, ain’t no one happy!” In Marshall’s district, a whole lot of mommas’ aint happy.

  26. Greg L said on 16 May 2012 at 7:48 pm:
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    June, you’re utterly delusional here. HOD elections are off-year and thinking you’re going to pull a 40% turnout in an off year in my neighborhood is pure fantasy.

    Besides, a lot of people in this district really, really like Bob Marshall. He appeals to the evangelicals, the Catholics, the libertarians and Ron Paul supporters, the strong fiscal conservatives. There’s a handful of pro-abortion/gay rights people who are utterly furious with him, but their numbers in this district are vanishingly small. No one in this district with any prominence would run against him in a Republican primary unless they were stoned, which given that Republicans don’t tend to swing that way, is pretty unlikely.

    Democrats have run someone against him in his past three elections and Bob has just crushed them despite being outspent usually three to one. Dems have no bench at all to pick a candidate from, are rather disorganized, and pretty much haven’t won anything on this side of the county in about a decade, if not longer.

    I know you might not care for the guy, but here in the 13th District we pretty much adore Bob. This outside Women’s Strike Force thing you have going on will have no appreciable impact, no more so than the homosexual groups that seem to pop up every other year to try to defeat Marshall and end up getting nowhere. It’s not like some outside group has never put Marshall in their sights. Heck, this happens every election.

    I’m telling you this as a friend who’s worked with you on some stuff before, and as a constituent of Marshall’s. Really, if this is where you want to focus your efforts, you’re wasting your time.

  27. June - Reston said on 17 May 2012 at 8:08 am:
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    Greg, obviously, you are not talking with the same people in Marshall’s district as we are … and they are contacting us, not the other way around.

    You are absolutely right that Dems have been defeated in the past .. the operative word being PAST … i.e., before the 2012 GA session.

    I believe you may be presuming too much Greg when you say that 60% of the 23% registered voters who voted may adore Marshall — but Greg, you have no idea how the remaining 73% of the registered voters feel, along with the new voters who will register to vote so they can vote in the 2013 elections.

    Our effort to focus on ousting people like Marshall is not only time well spent, it is essential to restoring our General Assembly to one of reasonable legislators who legislate by the VA Constitution and not their interpretation of their bible.

  28. James Young said on 22 May 2012 at 8:58 pm:
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    Tell you what, June: you elect whom you want to elect in Reston, and we’ll take care of Prince William County. I think the real objection here is that Bob Marshall dared to tell the truth about a candidate for judicial office who couldn’t get the support of the legislature if the truth about him were known. And THAT is where your objection really lies.

  29. Tom Clemente said on 31 May 2012 at 11:25 pm:
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    I think I just connected the dots on something:

    Check out: http://www.vpap.org/donors/profile/money_out_details/59971?committee_id=1639

    Delegate Loupassi, you have some serious explaining to do.

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