Did you see the Virginia Senate vote on a judicial nomination today? If you did and you know me, you're probably not surprised to know that this vote offended me to my core. Because today the Virginia Senate rejected a seemingly-qualified judicial nominee. And they seem to have rejected him because he's gay.
Of course, I don't think anyone actually said it was because he's gay. It's because of his candor on gay rights. It's because he holds himself out as "married" thereby demonstrating disrespect for the laws of the state. It's because he's on the board of a gay rights group. At least one delegate argued that the gentleman would be unable to be impartial on certain issues.
But I'm guessing those same state senators wouldn't vote against a nominee who was heavily involved in the NRA, which is in some ways a rights group. Because advocating for gun rights is acceptable. And no one would argue that a straight married judicial nominee wouldn't be able to be impartial on "certain issues" otherwise known as marriage and other family equality issues. Which is a little odd when you think about it because isn't the spread of gay marriage supposed to pose a dire and immediate threat to "traditional" straight marriage?
Seriously, I shouldn't have to say it that presuming that a gay person will be biased and unable to remain impartial on certain issues is offensive. Beyond offensive, really. Sheesh, why not just say that all gay people suffer from some deranged group think that prohibits them from thinking like "normal" people or ruling like "normal" judges.
Ugly move, Virginia. We really aren't close to getting over this anti-gay nonsense, are we?
ps- Did you notice that the rejected nominee is a prosecutor? So, yeah, I'm sticking up for a prosecutor. Note this occasion 'cause it doesn't happen often.