Senate to Vote on Gay Nominee for Federal Bench on Monday
The U.S. Senate will vote on Monday on the nomination of J. Paul Oetken, an attorney who would be the first openly gay man to serve on the federal bench, the Washington Blade reports:
A Senate Democratic aide said the vote on J. Paul Oetken’s nomination would take place on Monday at 5:30 pm. President Obama nominated Oetken in January for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
The aide said unanimous consent was reached in the Senate to vote on the Oetken nomination, so Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won’t need to file cloture and find 60 votes to proceed. For confirmation, a simple majority of senators must approve Oetken by a up-or-down vote.
Oetken was nominated by Obama in January. In April, his nomination was advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Another one of Obama's gay nominees, Edward C. DuMont, has not yet received a confirmation hearing.