Bizarrely, Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk (who has been outed as gay himself) voted against the confirmation of Yandle, while Illinois' other U.S. senator, Dick Durbin votes yes.
In addition to Yandle, the nomination of Darrin Gayles to become the first openly gay, Black man in the federal judiciary was less controversial. His confirmation vote was 98-0.
Two openly LGBT Black federal judges confirmed in one day. Thanks, President Obama!
Hat/tip to Joe Jervis