In a unanimous vote today, the Senate confirmed Justice Department attorney Todd Hughes to a federal appeals court, making him the highest-ranking openly gay federal judge in U.S. history.
Naturally, this did not sit well with the authoritarian fundamentalist wing, including conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd (who is still not Senegalese), who lamented the subsequent "over-representation" of homosexuals in the federal courts.
"Because he had to be gay?" asked Mefferd. "I mean, that was like a qualification, if you're going to be on the appeals court you better be gay? That's how it rolls now."
"They mention that at least seven gay or lesbian judges now serve or have served on federal district courts; sounds like over-representation," she continued. "I don't know how many judges are on that system but we're talking about what, 2-3% of the population? This is over-representation but they don't care."
A few minutes on Google could have clued Mefferd in to just how many judges are actually on that system, if not a visit straight to uscourts.gov.
There are presently 874 federal judgeships. Without counting judicial vacancies, this means that the seven openly gay or lesbian judges account for 0.77% of federal judgeships.
This, according to Janet Mefferd, is excessive.