WASHINGTON -- By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the
Todd M. Hughes, 46, a veteran
Although his sexual orientation was noted when President
“I am proud that today the Senate is finally taking this critical step to break down another barrier and increase diversity on our federal bench,” said
"Like all of the president's nominees, Hughes has the intellect, experience, integrity and temperament to be a successful judge. He is also gay," said White House Counsel Kathleen Ruemmler.
She noted that the president’s “judicial firsts” included naming the first Latina to the Supreme Court in Justice