Senate Confirms Lesbian Judge to the D.C. Superior Court

Embattled judicial nominee Marisa Demeo, whose nomination was held up by Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) and opposed by the Traditional Values Coalition who claimed she was a "radical lesbian", was approved by the Senate late last night, On Top magazine reports:

Demeo "Republicans opposed to Demeo have blocked her confirmation to the D.C. Superior Court bench since her March 2009 nomination by President Obama…Demeo, a D.C. magistrate judge since 2007, has worked as a lobbyist and advocate for Hispanic causes. She also has a history of gay activism and holds membership in several groups that advocate for gay and lesbian rights, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
In a letter by the socially conservative group Traditional Values Coalition, senators were urged to reject Demeo because she's openly gay. The letter, obtained by the progressive website, was published Tuesday."

The 66-32 vote to approve Demeo fell largely on party lines, On Top adds.

Posted April 21, 2010 at 12:16pm ETC by Andy Towle
in News, Washington DC