Melissa Barnhart

CP Reporter

Obama Nominates First Openly Gay Federal Appeals Court Judge

President Obama last week nominated Justice Department attorney Todd M. Hughes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. If confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hughes would be the first openly gay federal appeals court judge – a prospect that is being lauded by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups, such as the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.