Senate unanimously confirms the first openly gay federal appeals court judge.

Oh hell to the yes.

After a Senate vote of 98-0, Todd Hughes will become the first openly gay man to serve on a U.S. federal appeals court — the last level of appeal short of the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the Washington Blade reports, the landmark vote took place with little fanfare Tuesday morning, in a roll call vote in which debate focused on the squeezed courts budget and impending government shutdown, without mention of the new mark of judicial diversity they were about to achieve.

And you know what we’re going to hear: activist judges!  Weh!  As if having a judicial makeup that represented all Americans – men, women, gay, straight, religious, atheist – is somehow an affront to one of those groups.

Progress* – it rules.

* Go here and listen to the song “Progress” and be happy.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.