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Virginia House panel welcomes first openly gay judge

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Republican-ruled legislative panel that vets judicial candidates was deferential and even supportive of a reappointment bid by Virginia's first openly gay judge who was rejected by the full House a year ago. Members of a joint House and Senate subcommittee questioned Richmond General District Judge Tracy Thorne-Begland for nearly 40 minutes Monday, where eight others...

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