UPDATE 5/15/12 -- 10:57 a.m.: The GOP-controlled Virginia House of Delegates defeated the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland, Richmond's chief deputy commonwealth's attorney, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. He would have been the first openly gay judge elected in Virginia.
Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R) has launched an effort to block an openly gay judge from being considered for a post on a general district court.
Marshall said he believes that Tracy Thorne-Begland, a Richmond-based prosecutor who lives with his partner and two adopted children, should be removed from the list of potential appointees. Thorne-Begland's sexual orientation would conflict with his ability to hold up the state's constitution, Marshall said.
"Marriage is between one man and one woman, and the the applicant has represented himself in public in a relationship that we don't recognize in Virginia," Marshall said in an interview with WRIC, the ABC affiliate in Richmond.
The GOP lawmaker said that Thorne-Begland is "an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda."
Thorne-Begland has spoken out on gay rights in the past, particularly after his discharge from the Navy in the early-'90s under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, which until last year prevented openly gay men and women from serving in the military. He has said he would refrain from political activity if appointed to the district court.
"In those cases where my impartiality could reasonably be questioned, I will, as any judge in my position would, recuse myself," Thorne-Begland wrote in a letter to the state Courts of Justice Committee.
Marshall, currently running for U.S. Senate in the state's Republican primary against likely nominee George Allen, has made headlines in the past for his controversial views.
Last year, he opposed the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank's decision to fly a rainbow flag outside its building as a symbol of workplace equality, stating that the homosexual behavior "celebrated" by the flag "undermines the American economy." He has also called homosexuality a "disordered behavior."
Marshall was also the force behind Virginia's "fetal personhood" bill, which was mocked on "Saturday Night Live". The measure, defeated by the Virginia state senate, would have given fertilized eggs legal rights, and required women seeking abortions to first undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated that Marshall wrote the letter to the state Courts of Justice Committee.
CORRECTION: We have corrected the photo caption to reflect that the photo with this story is an image of Tracy Thorne-Begland.
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Pastor Wooden Says Gay Sex Causes Gay Men To Need Diapers
Bryan Fischer On Why Gays Are Responsible For The Nazi Party
Rick Santorum: Why Gay Marriage Is Like 9/11
Santorum<a href="http://articles.mcall.com/2004-02-25/news/3521981_1_gay-marriage-defense-of-marriage-act-amendment-process" target="_hplink"> is quoted by the <em>Allentown Morning Call</em> as saying in 2004</a>, "This is an issue just like 9/11... We didn't decide we wanted to fight the war on terrorism because we wanted to. It was brought to us. And if not now, when? When the supreme courts in all the other states have succumbed to the Massachusetts version of the law?"
Linda Harvey: Don't Let Gay Doctors Attend To Your Children
Matt Barber: 'No Evidence' Gays Are Targets Of Violence, Discrimination
Stacey Campfield: 'Virtually Impossible' To Contract AIDS Through Heterosexual Sex
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Kevin McCullough: I Don't Believe You Can Be Gay
Rush Limbaugh On Why Gays Should Be Pro-Life
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Scott Lively: Gay-Straight Alliances Are Designed To Recruit Kids
Tamara Scott: Gay Marriage Leads To Eiffel Tower Marriage
Michele Bachmann On Gay Lifestyles
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Tony Perkins: 'If You Want A Military That Just Does Parades,' Allow Gays To Openly Serve
Pat Roberston: 'Demonic Possession' Behind Homosexuality
James Robison: 'The Enemy' Is Using 'Glee' To Destroy America
Newt Gingrich: Gay Marriage A 'Perfect Example Of What I Mean By The Rise Of Paganism'
Daniel Lapin: Gays Should've Been Quarantined To fight AIDS
Pat Robertson Advises Father To Seek Ex-Gay Conversion For Gay Son
Bryan Fischer On How 'Poppers' And Promiscuity Causes AIDS
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Alan Osmond: In Defense Of Reparation Therapy
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Victoria Jackson: Homophobia Is 'Buzzword Of Liberal Agenda'
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Brett Ratner: Rehearsal 'Is For Fags'
After<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/07/brett-ratner-gay-slur-apology_n_1080432.html" target="_hplink"> being asked whether he rehearses with his actors </a>before shooting a scene, the "Tower Heist" director Ratner infamously replied, "Rehearsing is for fags." The gaffe, made during a Q&A session following a "Tower Heist" screening in late 2011, seemed questionable even for the sharp-tongued Ratner, who is said to be in talks to direct an adaptation of the Broadway musical "Wicked." One audience member is said to have been so upset by the reference that they immediately left the session. Though he later resigned from co-producer of the 2012 Oscars telecast, he also apologized for the statement: "It was a dumb way of expressing myself," he wrote. "Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words."
Ann Coulter Calls John Edwards A 'Faggot'
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