Equality Virginia Statement on Thorne-Begland’s Confirmation From House

Richmond, VA – Today, Equality Virginia applauds the General Assembly for making the right decision and confirming Tracy Thorne-Begland’s appointment to the Richmond General District Court.

“This is a big step forward after last year’s actions made embarrassing national headlines,” Executive Director James Parrish said.

“Equality Virginia is pleased that the General Assembly could see that Thorne-Begland is a qualified candidate with integrity and a long history of public service,” Parrish said.  “Thorne-Begland has served his country and his city with honor and unquestioned competence first as a Navy pilot and then as a prosecutor.”

 “We’re glad the General Assembly took a second look at his candidacy and this time the decision was based on his qualifications and not on who he is or who he loves,” Parrish said.  “While Thorne-Begland has been given another opportunity, without employment protections, most Virginians do not get a second chance at their jobs after being fired or not hired because of their sexual orientation.”