First openly lesbian judge confirmed in federal circuit court

Judge Beth Robinson was confirmed before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday, becoming the first openly lesbian woman to be confirmed in federal circuit court.

The Senate voted to confirm Robinson in a 51-45 vote, and four senators abstained from voting. All Democratic senators, except the senator. Kirsten gillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Biden sparks high-stakes fight over spending framework Franken dismisses challenge against Gillibrand for Senate seat Democrats seek adjustments to .75T framework MORE (DN.Y.) who abstained – voted to confirm Robinson along with GOP Sens. Susan collinsSusan Margaret Collins Congress Can Help Save Pregnant Women and Mothers of Color Collins holds 8,000 consecutive roll call votes in the Senate Funding for ‘Havana Syndrome’ victims to be included in the Pentagon bill MORE (Maine) and Lisa murkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski Schumer to Introduce John Lewis Voting Rights Bill by Wednesday Collins Cast 8,000 Consecutive Roll Call Votes in Senate Senate Republicans Line Up Behind Trump-Backed Candidates MORE (Alaska).

President BidenJoe Biden Biden Administration Targets Methane Emissions McConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted MORE announced in August that it was nominating Robinson, who began his term as Vermont Supreme Court Justice in 2011. He was part of Biden’s sixth round of judicial nominees.

“In Justice Robinson, who has spent ten distinguished years on the Vermont State Supreme Court, the Senate receives another experienced, dedicated and historic candidate,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck schumerChuck Schumer Democrats Face Wrath From Women Over Loss Of Paid Leave Ocasio-Cortez Presses Biden On Student Debt: ‘You Don’t Need Manchin’s Permission For Those’ 535 ‘Presidents’ With Veto Power: Why The budget agreement remains elusive MORE (DN.Y.) said Monday, ahead of Robinson’s confirmation.

“She would be the first openly gay woman to serve not only in the Second Circuit, but in any federal circuit court in the country, another barrier knocked down in the corridors of justice. We are proud to tear down those barriers and make the bank more inclusive. and more like America, “said Schumer.

As noted by NPR, only 13 of the federal judiciary are currently occupied by openly gay or lesbian judges and there has never been an overtly transgender or bisexual candidate.

Vermont Sens. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyManchin frustrates Democrats with latest outburst After 35 years, Congress should finally end the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Democrats address reports that the clean energy program will be phased out MORE (D) and Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Sanders Responds to Manchin Spending Concerns Manchin frustrates Democrats with the latest outburst of the Democratic race to reach an agreement on the price of prescription drugs MORE (I) both celebrated Robinson’s confirmation on Monday.

“For the last decade, he has served in the [Vermont Supreme Court] honorably, and has participated in nearly 1,800 decisions, “Leahy said in a statement.

“Her tenure has been a show of commitment to the rule of law. Her unwavering dedication over a decade as a jurist and her loyalty to the law above all else has made Beth Robinson a prominent Vermont Supreme Court Justice. No I have no doubt that she will bring that approach to justice with her to the Second Circuit, “he added.

On Twitter, Sanders wrote: “I want to congratulate Vermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson on her momentous confirmation today in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Thank you for your continued service. I know you will make Vermont proud and be a excellent addition to federal banking. “

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