Wednesday, September 25, 2013

GOP Unanimously OKs First Homosexual Appeals Judge

Not a single Republican, or Democrat, senator opposed confirmation of Todd M. Hughes to be celebrated as the first openly homosexual judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Up to now, Hughes has been the deputy director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division of President Obama's Department of Justice.

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-- From "Senate confirms first openly gay U.S. appeals judge" by Michael Winter, USA TODAY 9/24/13

President Obama nominated Hughes in February, and a Senate subcommittee approved him in July.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., lauded the confirmation, which he called "an important milestone for the judicial branch."

"I am proud that today the Senate is finally taking this critical step to break down another barrier and increase diversity on our Federal bench," Leahy said in a statement.

The advocacy group Alliance for Justice also applauded Hughes' confirmation, noting its push "for a federal judiciary that reflects the full diversity of America and a confirmation process that evaluates candidates based on their legal expertise, not how they look or who they love."

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From "Senate confirms Todd M. Hughes as first openly gay federal appeals judge" by Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post 9/24/13

White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler published a blog post celebrating the confirmation as “yet another ‘first’ among President Obama’s judges” and added: “We look forward to the ‘seconds’ and ‘thirds’ who will come after Todd Hughes and his fellow ‘firsts’ currently serving on our courts.”

Seven openly gay judges have already been confirmed to serve on district courts, which rank one level below the circuit courts. The first, Deborah Batts in the Southern District of New York, took senior status in April 2012, and the remaining six were all appointed by Obama.

The Obama administration has won Senate approval for six openly gay nominees so far this term, five of them on July 30. The group included four ambassadors: Dan Baer to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, John Berry to Australia, Rufus Gifford to Denmark, and James Costos to Spain. The other two were Stuart Delery, assistant attorney general for the Civil Division at Justice, and Elaine Kaplan as a judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

The president has also appointed 13 openly gay officials this year who did not require Senate confirmation, according to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.

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