Hughes is first openly gay nominee
confirmed as a federal appellate judge

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 24, 2013 –  Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement today on the confirmation of Todd Hughes to serve as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Today’s vote to confirm Todd Hughes marks another milestone in the long journey toward justice and equality.  Alliance for Justice long has fought for a federal judiciary that reflects the full diversity of America and a confirmation process that evaluates candidates based on their legal expertise, not how they look or who they love.

We applaud President Obama for nominating the first openly gay individual confirmed to serve on a federal appellate court.  We will continue working with the President and the Senate to ensure our federal judges possess a breadth of personal and professional experience.

We share President Obama’s confidence that, in his words, Todd Hughes “will be [a] judicious and esteemed addition” to the Federal Circuit.”


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