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Virginia lawmakers okay gay judge Tracy Thorne-Begland

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The General Assembly on Tuesday approved a gay Richmond prosecutor to serve a judgeship in the 13th General District Court. Tracy Thorne-Begland, a deputy commonwealth attorney and former Navy officer who came out on national television while serving in the 1990s, was confirmed by the House on a 66-28 vote a year after the same chamber rejected him because of his sexual orientation. Last June,...

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