Historic: Senate Unanimously Confirms First Openly Gay Federal Appeals Court Judge
News for the history books today as the U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the first openly-gay appointee to do so.
The vote of 98 - 0 in favor of confirming Hughes was hailed by gay rights organizations outside the Senate today.
“Judge Hughes is a remarkably qualified jurist who has served his country tirelessly, and today that commitment to service made history,” said Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin. “As an openly gay man takes to the federal appellate court bench for the very first time, barriers to achievement for the next generation of LGBT young people are crumbling every day.”
Moments ago, the White House Blog also lauded the news.
The United States Courts of Appeals are the second-highest courts in the nation – a level just below the Supreme Court – and there has never been an openly gay judge to serve on a Court of Appeals until now. Hughes’s historic confirmation is yet another “first” among President Obama’s federal judges. Many of the President’s circuit judges have broken new diversity barriers – including three Hispanic, two Asian American, and one African American -- who are “firsts” in their respective courts.
(Via NBC News)