With Just Two Openly Gay Appointees, President Obama Triples The Number Of Out Federal Judges | Later today, the Senate is expected to confirm Alison Nathan to as a United States District Judge in New York City. Nathan will be the second openly gay Obama appointee confirmed to the federal bench. Sadly, this means that President Obama has now appointed two-thirds of the openly gay attorneys ever appointed as a life-tenured federal judge. President Clinton appointed the third out judge, Judge Deborah Batts.
It’s worth noting that Chief Judge Emily C. Hewitt of the United States Court of Federal Claims is also a lesbian, although Hewitt’s serves on an Article I court, meaning that she does not have life tenure and only has jurisdiction over very limited matters.
Nathan was just confirmed 48-44 on an entirely party-line vote.