And now there are four openly gay or lesbian federal judges in the United States. Michael Fitzgerald was approved by a 91-6 vote of the United States Senate on Thursday to be a U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. Fitzgerald was officially nominated by President Barack Obama in July 2011 and waited for 132 days before receiving a confirmation vote in the Senate.
Fitzgerald joins 3 other openly lesbian and gay judges, all who serve in New York: Deborah Batts, who has been on the bench since 1994(!) after being nominated by President Clinton and Ali Nathan and Paul Oetken who were both nominated by President Obama and approved by votes of the Senate in 2011 (48-44 for Nathan on October 13th and 80-13 for Oetken on July 19).
The six raving homophobes who voted against the Fitzgerald nomination were (all Republicans): David Vitter (R-LA), James Inhofe (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Jim DeMint (R-SC).
Congratulations to Michael Fitzgerald!
Hat//tip to PoliGlot.