Without Republican support, the Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed an openly gay woman to become a federal judge in New York.
The 48-44 party-line vote made Alison Nathan, who has served as an adviser to President Barack Obama, the third openly gay person confirmed to the federal bench. Nathan, 39, will serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Republicans said they opposed Nathan's confirmation because she indicated in a book that judges should consider foreign law in rulings on human rights law.
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