On October 13, 2011, the Senate voted on President Obama’s nomination of Alison J. Nathan to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, making her the second openly-lesbian Article III judge in history.
The Senate confirmed her nomination by a vote of 48-44 (Roll Call Vote No. 164, 1st Session, 112th Congress). Democrats — 47 yes, 0 no, 4 not voting; Republicans — 0 yes, 44 no, 3 not voting; Independents — 1 yes, 0 no, 1 not voting.
HRC supported the nomination.