Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5th Out LGBT Obama Federal Judge Confirmed: Michael McShane

The fifth openly LGBT federal judge during President Obama's tenure has been confirmed by a voice vote, according to a report by Buzzfeed's Chris Geidner. Michael McShane will serve as a federal district court judge for the District of Oregon. The other four openly lesbian or gay federal judges confirmed since January 2009 are J. Paul Oetken (U.S. District Court for Southern District in New York), Ali Nathan (U.S. District Court for Southern District in New York), Michael Fitzgerald (U.S. District Court  for Central District in California) and Pamela Ki Mai Chen (U.S. District Court for Eastern District in New York).

There are also several pending nominations of other LGBT federal judges, including the first openly gay Black man to be nominated for a federal judgeship, William L. Thomas and several nominated for federal appellate positions.

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