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Senate Confirms Beth Robinson as First-Ever LGBTQ+ Federal Appeals Court Judge

HeadlineNov 02, 2021

The Senate voted Monday to confirm Beth Robinson to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, representing Connecticut, New York and Vermont. Robinson is a longtime LGBTQ leader who in 1999 argued a landmark case in Vermont that won broad legal protections for same-sex couples. She becomes the first out LGBTQ+ person ever to serve on a federal circuit court. Just two Republican senators voted to confirm Robinson: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine.

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