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March 15, 2012

Michael Fitzgerald just fourth out person given lifetime appointment to bench

Gay California lawyer Michael Fitzgerald was approved by the US Senate on Thursday (15 March) to serve on the federal bench.

His appointment to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California makes him just the fourth lifetime-tenured judge in the nation and the first to serve outside of New York City.

Fitzgerald, who was nominated by President Barack Obama last July, was overwhelmingly approved by a vote of 91-6. He had the strong backing of California's two US Senators: Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.