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Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Appeals Court Judge

Jim Burroway

September 24th, 2013

In a 98-0 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Todd Hughes as a judge for the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, making him the first openly gay appellate court judge in U.S. History. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) acknowledged the historical importance of Hughes’s appointment shortly before the confirmation vote was taken: “I’m proud the Senate has finally taken an historic step to break down another barrier and increase diversity in our federal bench.”

In other news, Sen. Jesse Helms is deader now than he ever was before.