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Gay Federal Judge Candidate Asks Obama to Withdraw Nomination, Says Delay is Harming the Court

Edward DuMont, who was nominated 18 months ago by President Obama to serve as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has yet to receive a single hearing, has asked for his nomination to be withdrawn, MetroWeekly reports:

DumontDespite DuMont's qualifications, he never received a hearing on his nomination from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Democratic committee spokespeople have said that Republicans had held up the nomination, although Republican committee spokespeople pointed out that the chairman of the committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) could call for a hearing on the nomination at any time.

In his letter to Obama, DuMont wrote, "Under these circumstances, drawing the process out further does not seem either sensible for me or fair to the Federal Circuit, which has important work to do and deserves to be able to address it with a full complement of active judges."

The nomination has not been officially withdrawn.

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  1. Discrimination abounds in America. Our elected representatives across the country proving once again that they will throw our community under the bus for political cover.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 10, 2011 11:41:28 AM

  2. Yes, discrimination does indeed abound. But I think it's important to also keep in mind the general difficulty the Senate is giving Pres Obama regarding his judicial and other nominations. The sexual orientation of the nominee is probably not the only issue at play.

    Posted by: Chris in MN | Nov 10, 2011 11:49:41 AM

  3. The Senate just confirmed another gay nominee for the courts by a wide margin. There is clearly more to this story, as Leahy could have made a vote happen any time he wanted.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Nov 10, 2011 12:51:11 PM

  4. There's a new gay bar in Utica,NY called Strut's its owners are gay but don't want drag queens to come in. They don't want to get the straight onesw who come go away. they told me to leave.

    Posted by: Hillary Pussywillow | Nov 26, 2011 9:45:05 PM

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