President Obama Has Now Quadrupled The Number Of Openly Gay Judges On The Federal Bench


Written by Ian Millhiser

On Friday, the Senate confirmed Judge Michael Fitzgerald to a federal court in California by a 91-6 vote. Fitzgerald is President Obama’s fourth openly gay nominee to the federal courts, although one of these four nominees, attorney Edward DuMont, withdrew his nomination last year in frustration over Senate Republican obstructionism. The other two out nominees, Judges Alison Nathan and Paul Oetken were both confirmed to federal trial courts.

Sadly, Fitzgerald’s confirmation only highlights how rare an event the confirmation of an openly gay federal judge is. Fitzgerald joins Nathan, Oetken and a Clinton appointee named Deborah Batts as one of the only four openly gay lifetime tenured federal judges in American history.

Chris Johnson at The Washington Blade obtained a statement from Fitzgerald:

FITZGERALD: I am honored by the Senate’s confirmation vote today. I am grateful to the President for my nomination. I am grateful to Senator Boxer for her recommendation of me to the President. I am grateful to Senator Feinstein for her support in the Senate Judiciary Committee. I look forward to serving the people of the Central District of California.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Stephanie s
Stephanie s1 months ago

Wish Obama could still be in the White House instead of the current thing.

Chrissie R
Chrissie R1 months ago

Ancient history.

Marija M
Marija M1 months ago


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Peggy B1 months ago


Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago


Hope S.
Hope Sellers5 years ago

I couldn't care less about sexual orientation; what is important is the person's qualifications.

"You can safely assume you've created God in your own image
when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do."
Anne Lamott

"When will Mankind be convinced that true Religion is from the Heart, between Man and his creator, and not the imposition of Man or creeds and tests?"
Abigail Adams

"If one loves, one loves the whole person as he or she is,
and not as one might wish them to be."
Leo Tolstoy

If God created us, he made no mistakes and wouln't approve of all the hate mongering. Jesus didn't discriminate either; in fact he was a liberal. He would be crucified by the Republicans if it was legal and he returned.

"Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B,' 'A' is most likely a scoundrel."
H. L. Mencken

Those casting aspersions on others should take a good dose of intropection; or in plainer words, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." No one is completely blameless in thought or action.

Gaby D.
Gaby D6 years ago

I get the good kind of goosebumps reading this kind of article!! The times they are a-changing!!

Lisa Partin
Lisa Partin6 years ago

Thank GOD for Obama he know what is the right thing to do

Ellen Emerson
Ellen Emerson6 years ago

Good for Obama! In my experience gay men are usually more compassionate in their choices.