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:
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.
- Bob Marshall
Virginia State Delegate
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