The Virginia House of Delegates’ rejection of judicial nominee Tracy Thorne-Begland this week has sparked discussions on the RT and around the commonwealth. Republican social conservatives once again affirmed bigotry in Virginia by refusing to confirm Thorne-Begland him because he is gay.
Some people refuse to accept that. They claim Thorne-Begland’s sexuality had nothing or little to do with it. They demand proof that anti-gay bigotry was truly at the heart of this embarrassing incident. In the face of multiple news reports confirming it, they invoke the La defense. That’s the one where you stick your fingers in your ears, close your eyes and yell, “La La La, I can’t hear you.”
Here is video of the floor debate in which Thorne-Begland’s sexuality is at the heart of every point raised by conservatives. Somehow I fear it will not convince some people.