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Jennifer Bendery

Texas Senators Pick Gay Judicial Nominee For Federal Court Seat | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are finally moving forward with filling judicial vacancies in their state, and one of th...

May Day! We Have a New Leader in Judge Mary Yu

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

When I sat down with Judge Mary Yu in early April to talk about her possible appointment to the Washington State Supreme Court, I was immediately take...

Jennifer Bendery

Marco Rubio Blocks Gay Black Judge's Nomination, Puzzling Everyone | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has withdrawn his support from a federal judicial nominee that he previously recommended -- William Thomas, a...

Gay Judge Confirmed After Being Rejected

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics

The Virginia House of Delegates voted to confirm Tracy Thorne-Begland, the state's first openly gay judge, to a full six-year term on the Richmond Gen...

Gay Prosecutor Rejected For Virginia Judgeship May Get Temporary Appointment

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

Although conservatives in the Virginia legislature rejected Tracy Thorne-Begland, a Richmond-based prosecutor who is openly gay, for a judgeship last ...

No White, Republican, Heterosexual, Church-Going, Male Prosecutor is Qualified for a Judgeship in Virginia

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Virginia's Republican-controlled House rejected the judicial nomination of a gay Richmond prosecutor on the grounds that his past "indicated that he would press an activist agenda from the bench."

Obama Nominates Fourth Openly Gay Judicial Candidate

Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he is nominating Michael Walter Fitzgerald to serve as a judge on the federal court for the Central Di...

Senate Confirms First Openly Gay Federal Judge

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

The Senate confirmed the first openly gay U.S. federal judge on Monday. Paul Oetken, a New York City resident, was a former lawyer for the Clinton adm...

Judging the Judge: A Matter of Rights and Wrongs

Judith S. Kaye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judith S. Kaye

All judges have personal qualities, among them sex, age, race, background, experience and religious beliefs. But this does not mean they aren't able to look beyond personal factors and decide cases based on the facts and the law.