Also, today CNN offered an op-ed on "What the Bible really says about homosexuality", "My Take", by Daniel A. Helminiak, link .
Update: May 16:
The Washington Post has an editorial "Bigotry blocks a gay Virginian from bench", link here. The editorial mentions that Thorne and his partner are raising twin sons. The news story in the Post refers to a GOP member of the legislature (Marshall, of the 2006 Marshall-Newman amendment) who compared Thorne's lifestyle to "polygamy". A few comments in the legislature were pretty shocking.
It is true, however, that advocacy for any particular political cause sometimes is seen as a sign of lack of "objectivity" required on the bench. That's the old "conflict of interest" problem so familiar to me.