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President Obama nominates gay man to federal appeals court bench - again

Todd Hughes would make history if approved by the US Senate

President Barack Obama has nominated Todd Hughes, an attorney with the Justice Department, to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

If approved by the Senate, Hughes would be the first openly gay justice to sit on the federal appeals court bench.

But Obama, quickly becoming the most pro-gay president in US history, has been down this road before.

Obama had nominated another gay man, Edward DuMont, to the federal bench back in 2010 but withdrew the nomination at DuMont's request after it languished for a year-and-a-half without a confirmation hearing.

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute, applauded Obama for nominating another gay men to the federal bench.

'His nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president's respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community,' Wolfe said. 'We look forward to his confirmation by the U.S. Senate.'

Since 2007, Hughes has been deputy director of the commercial litigation branch of the Civil Division at the Department of Justice.

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