On July 18, 2011, the Senate voted on President Obama’s nomination of J. Paul Oetken to serve as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, making him the first ever openly-gay male Article III judge in history.
The Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 80-13 (Roll Call Vote No. 112, 1st Session, 112th Congress). Democrats — 50 yes, 0 no, 1 not voting; Republicans — 28 yes, 13 no, 6 not voting; Independents — 2 yes, 0 no.
HRC supported the nomination.