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Trump nominates gay conservative Patrick Bumatay to US Court of Appeals

Trump nominates gay conservative Patrick Bumatay to US Court of Appeals

Patrick Bumatay

President Donald Trump just nominated gay conservative Patrick Bumatay to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals.

The US Court of Appeals to the Ninth Circuit covers Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Hawaii, plus the US territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.

In an official statement from the White House last week, Trump endorsed the openly gay candidate.

The White House also mentioned Bumatay’s association with the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association – a networking group for LGBTI attorneys.

He is also a member of the right-wing Federalist Society. This society previously recommended Republican nominations, including most notably Brett Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh
Brett Kavanaugh | Photo: YouTube/MSNBC

Patrick Bumatay is currently an attorney at the US Department of Justice, according to his LinkedIn account. He went to both Yale and Harvard Law School.

If confirmed, he would be the first Filipino American to serve as an Article III federal appellate judge.

In response to the nomination, Log Cabin Republicans president Gregory T. Angelo said: ‘As someone who has personally known Pat for the better part of a decade, I can tell you I will have great personal satisfaction to see him seated on the bench on the 9th circuit.

‘Patrick is highly qualified, and the fact that he is openly gay only adds to the historic nature of his nomination,’ he told NBC News.

Californian Democratic senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris will likely block the nomination.

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