Topics :: GLBT jurists

Senate Confirms Lesbian Judicial Nominee to Federal Bench

By Justin Snow | Friday Mar 14, 2014
The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to confirm out lesbian Judith Levy to the federal bench.

Third Gay Obama Court Pick Makes Slow Progress

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Nov 4, 2011
A third openly gay judicial nominee has made progress, being approved by a senate committee via unanimous voice vote on Nov. 3.

Vt. Marriage Equality Champion Nominated for State Supreme Court

By Kilian Melloy | Wednesday Oct 19, 2011
The governor of Vermont has nominated a lawyer who helped bring civil unions to the state in 2000 and then, nine years later, helped usher in the state’s granting of marriage equality for gay and lesbian families.

Senate Confirms Openly Lesbian Judge to Federal Bench

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Oct 14, 2011
The Senate confirmed Obama nominee for the federal bench Alison Nathan on Oct. 13 in a closely divided vote of 48-44. Nathan’s confirmation marks the second out of four openly gay or lesbian nominees for federal judgeship the president has nominated.

Obama’s Judicial Picks: Women, Gays, Minorities

By Jesse J. Holland | Tuesday Sep 13, 2011
President Barack Obama is moving at a historic pace to try to diversify the nation’s federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities.

Obama Nominates 4th Openly Gay Man to Federal Bench

By Kilian Melloy | Thursday Jul 21, 2011
President Obama nominated openly gay attorney Michael Fitzgerald to the bench of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, a July 20 White House media release announced.

Appeal Planned After Prop 8 Judge Cleared by Court

Wednesday Jun 15, 2011
The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban are planning to appeal a federal judge’s decision that his predecessor had no obligation to divulge that he was in a long-term relationship with another man when he struck down the ban.

Judge to Decide Calif. Marriage Equality Case Tuesday

By Lisa Leff | Tuesday Jun 14, 2011
A federal judge is deciding whether a gay judge’s ruling to strike down California’s same-sex marriage ban should be overturned because he failed to divulge his own marital intentions before throwing out the voter-approved measure.

Lawyers Target Gay Judge’s Prop 8 Ruling

By Lisa Leff | Monday Jun 13, 2011
A retired federal judge’s long-term relationship with another man will be the subject of an unusual and possibly unprecedented court hearing Monday involving California’s same-sex marriage ban.

Massachusetts Supreme Court Gains First Out Lesbian Justice

By Kilian Melloy | Wednesday May 4, 2011
A Massachusetts body has approved Supreme Judicial Court nominee Barbara Lenk to the bench, giving the state Supreme Court that opened the door to the first legal same-sex marriages in America its first openly lesbian justice.