WASHINGTON D.C. — (11-02-21) — The United States Senate late Monday night confirmed the first openly LGBTQ female to the U.S. Court of Appeals. Beth Robinson was confirmed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a vote of 51 to 45, with Sens. Susan Collins(R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) being the only two Republicans to vote in favor of Robinson’s nomination.

Lesbian Justice Robinson was an associate justice on the Vermont Supreme Court prior to her nomination. Progressive groups celebrated Justic Beth Robinson’s confirmation.

Sharon McGowan, chief strategy officer and legal director for Lambda Legal released the following statement:

“Judge Robinson’s extraordinary professional expertise makes her well qualified for this important position and her confirmation as the first openly lesbian judge to a federal appeals court seat is cause for celebration for our community.

LGBT representation in the courts is critical because judges that more accurately reflect the diversity of our nation give legitimacy to these important institutions, which have such a profound impact on the lives of so many. Judge Robinson’s lived and professional experiences will be assets in her work to fulfill our nation’s promise of justice.” wrote McGowan.

“Congratulations Beth Robinson on your confirmation as Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit! Beth Robinson has now become the first openly lesbian person to serve on a federal appeals court,” tweeted the Human Rights Campaign.

On behalf of the JRL CHARTS LGBT Politics News Division, we congratulate Justice Beth Robinson on making history for the LGBTQ Community.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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