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Virginia: Republicans block first openly gay judge

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  1. So he didn’t get it because he broke an obsolete law 2 decades ago?

    1. He didn’t get it because he’s an openly gay man.
      That’s all that is needed in Virginia to get you in trouble with the Repuglicans.

    2. Rappa Mr. Ed 20 May 2012, 12:00am

      Do you think it might be his name? Though if he survived in the military with a name like Tracy, he must be one tough nut. Like in the song, A Man Named Sue.

      1. That’d be odd, since Trac[e]y is a surname going back to Norman times, originating in a town in Calvados. It’s only become popular as a girl’s name in the last 70 years, largely because of the 1940 film The Philadelphia Story.

    3. Miguel Sanchez 21 May 2012, 2:29pm

      That’s a moot point. If the Navy really thought he violated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” The Navy should have taken action back then but since they didn’t, they felt they didn’t have a case.

  2. GOP proves again how they are kissing cousins to the worst theocratic fascists, and have more in common with regimes in countries like Iran.

    1. Rappa Mr. Ed 20 May 2012, 12:02am

      The GOP is just the Tories without Mr. Cameron.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 19 May 2012, 6:30pm

    Come to think of it, we don’t even have one openly gay judge in the UK that I know of. Probably all bloody Tories and closet cases or self-loathers.

    1. Nope, Robert. There are openly gay judges – certainly in London (and I assume elsewhere). Because sexuality isn’t quite the big deal in the UK as it is in the US, it doesn’t tend to be an issue.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2012, 2:51pm

        Thanks, I was totally unaware but pleasantly surprised.

        1. Sir Terence Etherton, a Lord Justice of Appeal, is the most senior.

          1. Damn, sorry for repeating what Stu wrote hours ago (below)! (Note to self: read whole thread before commenting.)

    2. There is definitely more than one openly gay judge in the UK – I know of Sir Terence Etherton and Sir Adrian Fulford in England and another in Scotland whose name I forget. Undoubtedly in the ranks of district judges, crown court judges, court of Appeal judges etc there will be more (and more who are not open about their orientation perhaps). However, a report in 2008 did say that gay people were underrepresented in the judiciary.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 20 May 2012, 2:52pm

        Thanks to you too, Stu, I wasn’t aware. Times are changing for sure.

      2. Fulford has been open for years; ditto Etherton who announced his civil partnership in the Times some years ago. They don’t make a fuss about it and expect/receive respect for their honesty.

        There are others less upfront but who are openly gay within the profession to their peers. Since the dark days of McKay (“I would not knowingly appoint anyone gay to any level of the judiciary…..” ) to the recent past when Faulkner and others have welcomed judges’ partners to formal occasions, we have come a long way in a reasonably short time.

    3. Worry not Robert, the judiciary is ‘riddled’ :-)

  4. Ken Chekwas 19 May 2012, 6:43pm

    Good! Keep the gays and their supporters off the judiciary!

    1. Yes, a would be judge voted down because he wasn’t a self loathing hypocrite. Can’t have judges that are too honest, that would never do.
      I’m sure you approve;-)

    2. Pr!ck

    3. Hi Ken any chance of you coming out of the closet this year?

    4. Homophobes like Ken are either closet cases themselves or hopeless (gay equality is becoming more and more real and relevant and its unstoppable – and the fact the bigots don’t like it is just the cherry on top of the pie!).

  5. Is this a political organisation or is it a cult?

    It seems to have been infiltrated, and not in a that’s beneficial to anyone, least of all the party?

  6. NorthernLad 19 May 2012, 6:55pm

    What a disappointment, however it is Virginia. However If I was living in the state of Virginia I would be asking why the hell are these people not in session until January. Astounding. The phrase “getting paid to do nothing” comes to mind

  7. That There Other David 19 May 2012, 7:22pm

    The reasoning behind why they refused him is quite astounding in its outright bigotry. Apparently, according to the Republicans, a gay judge cannot be trusted to adjudicate ANY cases involving LBGT people because he or she may show bias.

    By the same reasoning, of course, no human being ever should be trusted to ascend to the bench, since each and every person on the planet could be irrationally accused without proof or precedent of possible bias towards any group they happen to be a member of. If you’re a man, you might show bias towards men, if you’re a woman you might show bias towards women.

    One thing is clear. There is a large part of the Republican Party that outright HATE us.

    Never mind. US demographics are catching up with these people. They will be remembered as evil men. Nothing more.

  8. Paddyswurds 19 May 2012, 8:27pm

    No surprise really, Virginia, a cesspit of xtian bigotry, mostly Baptist, homophobia and peopled mostly by ignorant straw chewing hillbillies….home to the KKK and one of the most backward States in the Union. They fought tooth and nail to retain slavery and the Capital, Richmond was the Confederate Capital during the civil war…..

    1. Rappa Mr. Ed 20 May 2012, 12:04am

      But if you can put that to one side, it’s quite a pretty place to visit in the Autumn.

      1. That There Other David 20 May 2012, 9:31am

        Right now it would feel like visiting St. Petersburg or Dubai. We aren’t welcome there. Why should our money be?

        1. Sarcasm is wasted on some people.

      2. Paddyswurds 21 May 2012, 1:11pm

        Only if you remove 99%of the inhabitants first. I do agree that it is a pretty place at most times although no comparison with beautiful New England especially Massachusetts.

  9. Why would his sexual orientation got anything to do with his credibility as a judge in the court? This is just wrong. Discrimination in broad daylight. How can there be justice in court when those Republicans blocked an invidual liberty to be himself?

    1. Rappa Mr. Ed 20 May 2012, 12:07am

      Well, they can’t get away with racism anymore and it’s in their bigotry gene to pick on someone.

    2. Paddyswurds 21 May 2012, 1:13pm

      That’s the way these religious types think so they expect everyone to be just as ignorant as themselves…..

  10. A matter of debate perhaps… did he break a law that asked him to lie about who he was, or was he honest and as a consequence is now being punished by bigots?

    After all the law was written so that people would have to lie and be guilty of deceit making them subordinates, The law was later ruled unconstitutional.

    The people now voting against him are hypocrites and bigots for arguing their case with a law which expected him to become guilty of deception “lie” and accepted legislated discrimination… hardly the hallmark of integrity for the CV of a potential judge.

    Seems typical in the US… A man of honesty and integrity is put forward to run for public office, and is discriminated against! “likely” by the same people that would prefer the law he broke still exist!

    1. Rappa Mr. Ed 20 May 2012, 12:10am

      Nothing to do with the law, by coming out against the rules he showed he was an “uppity gay”, and now they want to smack him down.

  11. Virginia is still fighting the Civil War, if only in their sick and twisted minds and nobody has been able to get through to them that they lost the war where white Christians wanted to keep black African human beings as their slaves, forcing them to do their work for nothing. As a result of that they have a poor understanding of justice even today.

  12. Jess Lansdel 20 May 2012, 11:41am

    This from people who spring from decades of inter breeding. Bigoted red necks! The hypocrisy is sickening.

  13. The GOP is turning into a vicious sectarian mess. The degradation of US politics proceeds apace. I hope ours are still a way behind.

    1. Paddyswurds 21 May 2012, 1:19pm

      Riondo
      It all down to the lack of proper education and the resultant rise in fundamentalist religious bigotry from which the decent politicians are running scared…….leaving only the bigots and racists to be elected. We aren’t so aware of it here, but the racism toward Barak Obama is really rife and sickening… Some of the stuff on the internet will make you barf literally.

  14. Is there no end to the stupidity of these people? It would appear not!

  15. Miguel Sanchez 21 May 2012, 2:35pm

    Virginia is SO bloody backwards, Oral and Anal sex is still on the books as illegal, even between consenting adults. This includes married straight couples. Though, that is a law that is/has been rarely prosecuted.

    Their reasoning is, “We don’t want to prople to think we promote Homosexuality.

    Now, how backwards is that?

  16. Objection !!

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