07/20/2011 11:55 pm ET | Updated Sep 19, 2011

Michael Walter Fitzgerald, Fourth Openly Gay Judicial Candidate, Nominated By Obama

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating Michael Walter Fitzgerald to serve as a judge on the federal court for the Central District of California. Fitzgerald is the fourth openly gay judicial candidate Obama has nominated.

"I am honored to nominate Michael Walter Fitzgerald to the United States District Court,” Obama said in a statement. "His impressive career stands as a testament to his formidable intellect and integrity. I am confident he will serve the people of California with distinction on the District Court bench."

A congressional source familiar with the vetting process tells the Los Angeles Times that he doesn't expect Fitzgerald's sexual orientation to stand in the way of his confirmation by the Senate.

On Monday, Paul Oetken became the first openly gay man confirmed by the Senate to serve as a federal judge.

Another gay judicial nominee, Alison Nathan, was favorably reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Edward DuMont still awaits consideration by the committee.