2011 July 18

Paul Oetken Confirmed as First Openly Gay Man to be Federal Judge


Nominated by President Barack Obama, J. Paul Oetken became the first openly gay man to be confirmed by the Senate and to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge. The Senate overwhelmingly confirmed his nomination by a vote of 80–13, even with support from a number of conservatives.

Learn about Judge Oetken’s career: http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetInfo?jid=3379&cid=999&ctype=na&instate=na

Watch Senator Charles Schumer (NY) recommend Paul Oetken: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycBZSgyj1A4

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