Senate confirms lesbian judge to Court of Federal Claims

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Senate confirms lesbian judge to Court of Federal Claims

The Senate today confirmed Elaine Kaplan, an out lesbian, as a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. President Obama nominated her for the position in March, and she’ll serve a 15-year term.

"These nominees have dedicated their careers to serving the public good," said Obama after nominating Kaplan as well as Patricia Campbell-Smith, reported the Human Rights Campaign. “And in so doing, they have displayed an unyielding commitment to justice and integrity. I am confident that they will serve the American people well from the Court of Federal Claims, and I am honored to nominate them today.”

As OPM’s director, she helped guide the process of extending marriage-related benefits to gay and lesbian federal employees and their spouses after the U.S. Supreme Court declared section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. Prior to this position, she served as head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an office she was appointed to by former President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Friends in high places! Many congrats to her.