May 18, 2012

Last week, Republican legislators in Virginia blocked the nomination of Tracy Thorne-Begland for a judgeship, a move that The Post correctly called bigotry [“Bigotry’s triumph,” editorial, May 16]. Opponents of Mr. Thorne-Begland, who is gay and a friend of mine, decried him as an “activist.”

By that standard, in 1961, after decades of fighting with the NAACP to tear down segregation, activist Thurgood Marshall would never have been named a federal judge and later a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Bob Witeck, Arlington