The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the first LGBT-inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act in a reauthorization bill which will now provide explicit protections for LGBT survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. The bipartisan vote was 68-31 in favor of the measure.
The U.S. Senate confirmed on Thursday an out judicial nominee to become the second-ever open lesbian to sit on the federal bench. Senators confirmed Alison Nathan, whom President Obama nominated in March for a seat on the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York, by a vote of 48-44. >>>