First Openly Gay Federal Judicial Nominee

I didn't even realize this was a milestone that had not yet been reached, but apparently it is:
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is recommending to President Obama that he nominate for the first time ever an openly gay male to serve on the federal bench, according to the senator’s office.

The senator has designated Daniel Alter to serve as judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. His appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

For judicial nominations, presidents traditionally abide by the recommendations made by the senior senator from the state where there’s a vacancy, which in the case of New York is Schumer.

In a statement, Schumer said he recommended Alter because he’s “a brilliant attorney who possesses the knowledge, balanced views and temperament required of a federal judge.”

His outstanding leadership skills, his commitment to justice, and his extensive experience make him an exceptional choice for a position on the federal bench,” Schumer said. “I’m proud to nominate Daniel Alter. Period. But I am equally proud to nominate him because he is a history-maker who will be the first openly gay male judge in American history.”

I'm not sure where ND CA Chief Judge Walker fits in on all this.

Meanwhile, closer to home, opposition is building re: the recent incident involving two Miami Beach police officers and a beat-up gay guy.

More on South Beach and its evolving relationship to The Gays here.


  1. state employee for shumie timeFebruary 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    First! "OPENLY" gay- openly being the operative word.

    And speaking of words, word up- I'm a State employee and I'm calling the Shumie. Cause I don't have to hustle for cases. Come rain or come shine- clients or none- I gets paid,

  2. what is a shumie?

  3. Who will let poor George L. Metcalfe know?

  4. Dude don't look gay.

  5. Dude looks like a lady!

  6. Note the words "gay," "male," and "openly." That he is the first openly gay male judge begs the question: who are the openly gay female judges? And Schumer should learn the distinction between federal and state judges. Surely this man is not the first openly gay judge in the US. Really though, who cares? I don't.

  7. You should remove the last post at 11:22. This blog is not meant to be a showcase for immature adolescent behavior.

  8. @6:48

    There is no such thing as a gay 'look'. Especially now that you "metrosexuals" have discovered the joys of waxing, grooming, and bathing.

    But the real big news on gay rights yesterday was that Lt. Dan Choi, a decorated officer and a leader in the fight to repeal DADT was recalled to full service status.

    The policy of discrimination in the military is not dead yet, but the tide is moving in the right direction.

  9. Stay classy 11:22!

  10. Gee, somehow I think it is appropriate to post the below at this article about the gay judge, since these "tolerant" people and their fellow travelers orchestrated my illegal disbarment:

    John B. Thompson, J.D.

    5721 Riviera Drive

    Coral Gables, Florida 33146


    February 11, 2010

    Chief Justice Peggy Quince and All Associate Justices c/o Chief Justice Quince

    Florida Supreme Court

    500 South Duval Street

    Tallahassee, Florida Via Certified Mail to Chief Justice Quince


    Dear Chief Justices and Associate Justices:

    On March 15, 2010, I shall refer to myself in all of my correspondence and in all other ways and in all settings, including on my letterhead, in my media interviews, etc., as “John B. (Jack) Thompson, Attorney.” Why? Because that is what I have been, am now, and will be until the day I die.

    My research indicates that the disbarment of an attorney, whether it was legal or not (in my instance it was not, which is being addressed before other tribunals), does not and cannot terminate his/her status as an “attorney.” Indeed, the very use of the term “disbarred attorney” is, by any etymological analysis, proof that a disbarred attorney is still an attorney. Putting another way so that even The Bar’s Ken Marvin can understand it (Ken, etymology is the study of language): an adjective, used to modify a noun, does not obliterate the noun. Or, so that even the Family Law Section of The Bar can understand it: A foster (adjective) child (noun) is still a child.

    Indeed, a recent action by the federal court itself in the Southern District of Florida pertaining to me affirms and proves that I am still an “attorney.” Thank you, Judge Moreno.

    This is not a minor matter that I raise. Inherent within this notice is a First Amendment issue, more specifically: Whether a court can criminalize truthful speech. I am giving you notice of what I intend, rightly, to do. Given your nature, I am giving you a thirty-day opportunity to stop me from doing this or threaten me with repercussions if I do. If you remain silent, then you will have missed your chance to step in it one more time. Speak now or forever hold your peace. You have one month.

    Regards, Jack Thompson

    Copies Ken Marvin, Jesse Diner, and Mayanne Downs, All at The Bar

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