U.S. Senate confirms nation’s first openly gay federal appellate judge, Todd M. Hughes

  • metta

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    Sep 24, 2013 5:20 PM GMT
    U.S. Senate confirms nation’s first openly gay federal appellate judge

    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/09/u-s-senate-confirms-nations-first-openly-gay-federal-appellate-judge/
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    Sep 24, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    and notice that the vote was 98-0
  • BillandChuck

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    Sep 24, 2013 11:45 PM GMT
    “As an openly gay man takes to the federal appellate court bench for the very first time, barriers to achievement for the next generation of LGBT young people are crumbling every day,” said Griffin (Chad Griffin, President, HRC).

    We hope we live long enough to see when it is no longer an event, and gay men and women are just men and women.
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    Sep 25, 2013 12:51 AM GMT
    I always think voting for judges is a bad idea. I firmly believe in appointing them with long terms so they outlast special interests as much as possible.
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 25, 2013 1:09 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidAt the same time the senate was unable to proceed with another gay judge appointment as reported by the NYT today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/politics/rubio-withdraws-support-for-gay-black-judges-nomination-to-the-federal-bench.html?ref=politics&_r=0


    And look who blocked him? Marco The Moron strikes again!

    Earlier tonight, Marco gave his tea bagger butt buddy, Ted Cruz, a break during the Cruz filibuster to defund the Affordable Care Act (when there are high percentages of people in both Florida and Texas that do not have health care....). This is just another example of the conservative political posturing because they hate African Americans and they hate gays!

    Another source and what could be done to move this nomination forward in spite of the ignorance and intolerance:

    http://www.advocate.com/politics/2013/09/24/marco-rubio-blocks-gay-black-judges-nomination-federal-judiciary
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 25, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidIt is unbelievable that he did not endorse a judge from his own state! Who would do this?


    Senator Bill Nelson (a moderate Democrat) supported the nomination. Senator (until he is defeated in 2016) Marco Rubio, a narrow-minded conservative teabagger (the Tea Party is a subsidiary of the Republican Party, FYI), denied the nomination.

    That's okay, because we are gonna deny asshat a second term....
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    Sep 25, 2013 1:20 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidAt the same time the senate was unable to proceed with another gay judge appointment as reported by the NYT today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/politics/rubio-withdraws-support-for-gay-black-judges-nomination-to-the-federal-bench.html?ref=politics&_r=0


    Yes, and because BOTH senators are required to approve the nomination, which gave Florida's nutcase Senator Marco Rubio a chance to kill the nomination.

    Usually these things are considered a formality....but Rubio is an embarrassment to Florida, even as much as Republican white collar criminal Governor Rick Scott. They both fancy themselves future GOP presidential candidates, so anything anti-gay will benefit them among rank and file Republicans.
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    Sep 25, 2013 1:39 AM GMT
    Tangiers said
    woodsmen saidAt the same time the senate was unable to proceed with another gay judge appointment as reported by the NYT today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/politics/rubio-withdraws-support-for-gay-black-judges-nomination-to-the-federal-bench.html?ref=politics&_r=0


    Yes, and because BOTH senators are required to approve the nomination, which gave Florida's nutcase Senator Marco Rubio a chance to kill the nomination.

    Usually these things are considered a formality....but Rubio is an embarrassment to Florida, even as much as Republican white collar criminal Governor Rick Scott. They both fancy themselves future GOP presidential candidates, so anything anti-gay will benefit them among rank and file Republicans.


    Rick Scott? A Presidential hopeful? Really? If I laugh any harder, I'll wet myself! Scott can't even manage a 40 percent approval rating in his own state......
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    Sep 25, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    woodsmen saidIt is unbelievable that he did not endorse a judge from his own state! Who would do this?


    Senator Bill Nelson (a moderate Democrat) supported the nomination. Senator (until he is defeated in 2016) Marco Rubio, a narrow-minded conservative teabagger (the Tea Party is a subsidiary of the Republican Party, FYI), denied the nomination.

    That's okay, because we are gonna deny asshat a second term....



    I hope so, but seriously doubt it.

    Rubio is a must win for the GOP because he's "evidence" that Republicans are not all white racists.

    Billions will pour into FL to convince brain dead people that he's multicultural, but also a racist, homophobic tea bagger when he needs to be.
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    Sep 25, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    Tangiers said
    turtleneckjock said
    woodsmen saidIt is unbelievable that he did not endorse a judge from his own state! Who would do this?


    Senator Bill Nelson (a moderate Democrat) supported the nomination. Senator (until he is defeated in 2016) Marco Rubio, a narrow-minded conservative teabagger (the Tea Party is a subsidiary of the Republican Party, FYI), denied the nomination.

    That's okay, because we are gonna deny asshat a second term....



    I hope so, but seriously doubt it.

    Rubio is a must win for the GOP because he's "evidence" that Republicans are not all white racists.

    Billions will pour into FL to convince brain dead people that he's multicultural, but also a racist, homophobic tea bagger when he needs to be.


    He can be defeated in '16. Earlier this week, the Florida Republican Party all but admitted they are writing off the Latino vote for 2014 and the 18-35 vote is gone for them too. If the trend continues, that could take away a huge block of South Florida votes that could have been for Rubio, but will go to a Democrat. Central Florida is "blue" when it comes to statewide elections and those in North Florida might vote for Rubio but will hold their nose (again) because he's not "one of them."
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 25, 2013 1:49 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    Tangiers said
    turtleneckjock said
    woodsmen saidIt is unbelievable that he did not endorse a judge from his own state! Who would do this?


    Senator Bill Nelson (a moderate Democrat) supported the nomination. Senator (until he is defeated in 2016) Marco Rubio, a narrow-minded conservative teabagger (the Tea Party is a subsidiary of the Republican Party, FYI), denied the nomination.

    That's okay, because we are gonna deny asshat a second term....



    I hope so, but seriously doubt it.

    Rubio is a must win for the GOP because he's "evidence" that Republicans are not all white racists.

    Billions will pour into FL to convince brain dead people that he's multicultural, but also a racist, homophobic tea bagger when he needs to be.


    He can be defeated in '16. Earlier this week, the Florida Republican Party all but admitted they are writing off the Latino vote for 2014 and the 18-35 vote is gone for them too. If the trend continues, that could take away a huge block of South Florida votes that could have been for Rubio, but will go to a Democrat. Central Florida is "blue" when it comes to statewide elections and those in North Florida might vote for Rubio but will hold their nose (again) because he's not "one of them."



    I'd certainly be glad to see him go..... Kudos to the confirmation!
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    Sep 25, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    Tangiers said
    woodsmen saidAt the same time the senate was unable to proceed with another gay judge appointment as reported by the NYT today:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/politics/rubio-withdraws-support-for-gay-black-judges-nomination-to-the-federal-bench.html?ref=politics&_r=0


    Yes, and because BOTH senators are required to approve the nomination, which gave Florida's nutcase Senator Marco Rubio a chance to kill the nomination.

    Usually these things are considered a formality....but Rubio is an embarrassment to Florida, even as much as Republican white collar criminal Governor Rick Scott. They both fancy themselves future GOP presidential candidates, so anything anti-gay will benefit them among rank and file Republicans.


    Rick Scott? A Presidential hopeful? Really? If I laugh any harder, I'll wet myself! Scott can't even manage a 40 percent approval rating in his own state......


    Nonsense. Scott can do for the US what he did for Columbia HCA.

    He's a CEO, so maybe a little light on PR skills, but installing a "great communicator" like Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump as Vice President would certainly shore up that weak spot.

    And don't think Governor Rick Scott hasn't toyed with the idea. He has.
    http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/rick-scott-for-president-its-possible/1169238

    Scott's only problem...he assumes US voters are as sophisticated and intelligent as the ones who elected him in Florida.
  • Whipmagic

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    Sep 25, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    One more thing to mention: Judge Hughes was appointed to the Appellate Court for the Federal Circuit, which is often called the second highest court in the land, behind the Supreme Court as it deals with many high-profile, novel constitutional issues arising in Washington. That court is also a bit of a farm team for the Supreme Court. That makes him a viable candidate for a Supreme Court appointment should an opening arise, like, when Scalia has a heart attack during his next anti-gay tirade.
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    Sep 25, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    Tangiers said
    turtleneckjock said
    woodsmen saidIt is unbelievable that he did not endorse a judge from his own state! Who would do this?


    Senator Bill Nelson (a moderate Democrat) supported the nomination. Senator (until he is defeated in 2016) Marco Rubio, a narrow-minded conservative teabagger (the Tea Party is a subsidiary of the Republican Party, FYI), denied the nomination.

    That's okay, because we are gonna deny asshat a second term....



    I hope so, but seriously doubt it.

    Rubio is a must win for the GOP because he's "evidence" that Republicans are not all white racists.

    Billions will pour into FL to convince brain dead people that he's multicultural, but also a racist, homophobic tea bagger when he needs to be.


    He can be defeated in '16. Earlier this week, the Florida Republican Party all but admitted they are writing off the Latino vote for 2014 and the 18-35 vote is gone for them too. If the trend continues, that could take away a huge block of South Florida votes that could have been for Rubio, but will go to a Democrat. Central Florida is "blue" when it comes to statewide elections and those in North Florida might vote for Rubio but will hold their nose (again) because he's not "one of them."


    Yes, but you're not factoring in the awesome power of unlimited corporate advertising.

    Remember Ford introduced the Pinto in 1970, and by 1972 everybody hated it. Buyers knew the Pinto was crap, and victims were getting burned to a crisp from the exploding gas tanks. But thanks to advertising, Ford kept on selling the Pinto for another 8 miserable years.

    So there is hope for Rubio.
  • Whipmagic

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    Sep 25, 2013 2:14 AM GMT
    woodsmen said"Judge Hughes was appointed to the Appellate Court for the Federal Circuit, which is often called the second highest court in the land,"

    I felt compelled to correct this. The Federal Circuit, although seating in D.C., is not the DC Court of Appeals. The Federal Circuit actually is primarily a patent appeal court. In recent years, many of its decisions have been overturned by the US Supreme Court. Appointment to the Federal Circuit is technical and not overtly political.

    The DC Court of Appeals houses many to-be Supreme Court jurists and it does sit in DC. But it is a different court.


    I stand corrected - thank you for clarifying.
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    Sep 25, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    Barack Obama also appointed Judge Albert Lauber to the US Tax Court.

    http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/judges/lauber.htm

    I believe he is openly gay as well. The Tax Court is a specialized court as well, but you still have to get a presidential appointment to sit on it.
  • The_Guruburu

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    Sep 26, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    FLgator saidBarack Obama also appointed Judge Albert Lauber to the US Tax Court.

    http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/judges/lauber.htm

    I believe he is openly gay as well. The Tax Court is a specialized court as well, but you still have to get a presidential appointment to sit on it.

    Yep, we have to take progress where we can get it.
  • metta

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    Sep 29, 2013 7:44 PM GMT
    Why Is The Westboro Baptist Church Going To Picket The US Senate This Week?

    "The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they are going to picket the U.S. Senate next Friday because the Senate confirmed Todd Hughes to the federal bench.

    Todd Hughes is gay."

    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/why-is-the-westboro-baptist-church-going-to-picket-the-us-senate-this-week/news/2013/09/29/75942