Making history: Obama nominates gay attorney

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BY CHRIS JOHNSON
Washington Blade

President Obama on Thursday nominated for a seat on the federal judiciary a gay Justice Department attorney who, upon confirmation, would make history.

Todd Hughes, who has served since 2007 as deputy director for the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division at the Justice Department, was named for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Court. If confirmed, he’ll be the first openly gay person to a seat on a federal appellate court.

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