Slave state Virginia says gays can’t serve as judges

Virginia is more developed economically than Alabama and Mississippi, but intellectually you’re dealing with the same crowd.  (It’s no coincidence that the famous Supreme Court case that struck down inter-racial marriage bans is called Loving v. Virginia.)

It’s a pretty state, but that’s about all it’s got going for it.  Avoid Virginia like the plague if you’re ever looking for a job, school, or a place to live.  And make sure your friends know as well.

Washington Poste editorial:

But the judicial nomination of Mr. Thorne-Begland, a former Navy fighter pilot who is gay, was sabotaged by an ugly campaign of homophobic bigotry led by Virginia Republicans. In a vote at 1 a.m. Tuesday, the GOP-dominated House of Delegates, with an avowed homophobe leading the charge, killed his candidacy, thereby ensuring that Virginia state courts remain free of openly gay judges.

No matter how they dressed it up, the Republicans’ opposition boiled down to old-fashioned prejudice. Even by voting at 1 a.m., they couldn’t hide the fact that bigotry and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is alive and well in the state of Virginia.

Virginia is for haters.


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