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Out Man to Lead U.S. Marshal Service in DC

Today, the Obama Administration announced the nomination of the second openly gay U.S. Marshal in our nation’s history.  Michael Hughes, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Marshal Service, was nominated to serve as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia.  When confirmed, Hughes will join Sharon Lubinski, the first openly gay individual nominated by a president and confirmed by the senate to serve as a U.S. Marshal.  Lubinski was confirmed at the end of 2009 as the U.S. Marshal for Minnesota.

HRC has supported Hughes’s candidacy since 2009, when we sent a letter to the President urging him to nominate Hughes.  Hughes was also supported by Rep. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC).

As U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia, Hughes will be the federal law enforcement officer in charge of protecting judges and court houses; transporting and managing prisoners;  protecting witnesses; investigating fugitives; and serving court documents.  The U.S. Marshal service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency, established in 1789.

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