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Biden LGBTQ Judicial Nominees

By Charlotte Robinson, August 06, 2021


President Biden has announced a historic slate of judicial nominees including Justice Beth Robinson who was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit & Charlotte Sweeney who was nominated for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. If confirmed Justice Robinson would be the first openly LGBTQ woman to serve on any federal circuit court & Sweeney would be the first openly LGBTQ federal judge in Colorado. Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress Vice President for LGBTQ Research & Communications stated, “President Biden’s nomination of Vermont State Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson, who would be the first openly LGBTQ woman to serve on any federal appellate court, is a historic & an important step. An accomplished jurist & attorney, Justice Robinson is eminently qualified to serve on the 2nd Circuit. The judiciary is strengthened when it reflects the diversity of America—including LGBTQ Americans. This diversity is even more critical given far-right activists’ continued attempts to use the legal system to dismantle the basic civil rights of LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people. The nomination of Justice Robinson—as well as Charlotte Sweeney, who would be the first openly LGBTQ federal judge in Colorado—is a critical step forward for the federal bench.” According to 2019 findings from the Center for American Progress LGBTQ people comprised fewer than 1 percent of sitting judges despite comprising 5.6 percent of the total U.S. population. Since we are all well aware about how the last administration stacked our court system with unqualified discriminatory & homophobic judges let's hope these qualified judges are swiftly confirmed.

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