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First openly gay Hispanic federal judge confirmed

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed the first openly gay Hispanic federal judge.

Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro, who earned her law degree from the University of Puerto Rico, was confirmed by voice vote to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Quiñones since 1991 served on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas.

It took President Barack Obama two tries to get the Senate to approve her nomination. She was nominated in November and then re-nominated in January. Republican Senators typically delay approving the Democratic President’s nominations out of political spite.