The Virginia House of Delegates voted to confirm Tracy Thorne-Begland, the state's first openly gay judge, to a full six-year term on the Richmond General District Court Tuesday, after social conservatives scuttled his nomination last May.

The vote was 66 in favor, 28 against and one abstention. In May, Thorne-Begland received 33 votes in favor, 31 against, and 10 abstentions, with 26 members not voting. (He needed 51 votes in the 100-member body.)

Thorne-Begland still faces a Senate vote, but the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the House was where he faced the strongest opposition.

Thorne-Begland, who lives with his partner and two children, was discharged from the Navy under the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in 1992 after coming out.

In May 2012, the House of Delegates defeated Thorne-Begland's nomination based on his sexual orientation and discharge. Delegate Bob Marshall (R), who called him "an aggressive activist for the pro-homosexual agenda," questioned how he could rule fairly, citing a potential barfight between a homosexual and a heterosexual. Thorne-Begland said he would refrain from political activity in his role.

Thorne-Begland received a temporary appointment in June to the bench. As a judge, he will handle criminal and traffic cases.

UPDATE: 3:54 p.m. -- The Senate approved Thorne-Begland's nomination by a 28-0 vote Tuesday, with 12 social conservatives not voting.

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  • Burn!

    Perhaps some denim could set her free. (Via <a href="http://thefbomb.org/2009/11/corduroy-skirts-are-a-sin/" target="_hplink">The F-Bomb</a>)

  • Not What They Were Going For

    This was risky, too, judging by that megaphone. (Via <a href="http://www.dailyfunnystuff.net/anti-gay-protest-failure" target="_hplink">Daily Funny Stuff</a>)

  • Hey Now...

    Counter Protest, 1. Protest, 0. (Via <a href="http://godhatesprotesters.wordpress.com/" target="_hplink">God Hates Protesters</a>)

  • Juxtaposition

    Which one is less threatening? (Via <a href="http://www.niot.org/blog/california-responds-dancing-music-and-love-westboro-visits-updated" target="_hplink">Not In Our Town</a>)

  • He Has A Sign

    ...And A Point. (Via <a href="http://www.queeried.com/anti-gay-church-counter-protests/" target="_hplink">Queeried</a>)

  • Don't Mind Him

    If you give him attention, he just stays longer! (Via <a href="http://www.impdr.com/index_files/inaugural-offensive-quote-of-the-week.php" target="_hplink">I'm PDR</a>)

  • New Meaning

    We bet this guy kills at Scrabble. (Via <a href="http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/political-jokes-funny-quotes-83-ironic-protest-signs/" target="_hplink">PAP Blog</a>)

  • Fitting Right In

    Oh, don't get the kids involved! (Via <a href="http://filipspagnoli.wordpress.com/2010/04/23/political-jokes-funny-quotes-83-ironic-protest-signs/" target="_hplink">PAP Blog</a>)

  • Street Sign FTW!

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  • Captain Obvious

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  • Dedicated Counter-Protesting

    "Repent you guys! Come on, guys. Please repent? Guys?" (<a href="http://www.outfrontcolorado.com/blog/?p=4938" target="_hplink">Via Out Front Colorado</a>)

  • Classic

    He probably omitted the arrow because there were so many other signs to stand by. (Via <a href="http://current.com/entertainment/88822904_fred-phelps-to-protest-heath-ledgers-funeral.htm" target="_hplink">Current</a>)

  • Hmm...

    Well, it makes about as much sense. (Via <a href="http://godhatesprotesters.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/dog-hates/" target="_hplink">God Hates Protesters</a>)

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    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Danny_Garcia"></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Danny_Garcia">Danny Garcia</a>:<br />

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    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/geobomb"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/11509836/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/geobomb">geobomb</a>:<br />If all the gay's are going to hell then that's where I want to be.

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    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AHizz"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/825578-tiny.png?20091207022151" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AHizz">AHizz</a>:<br />I love how the anchor lady completely stands out of the way of my sign so the camera can see it...while she's interviewing stupid.