Los Angeles Times
March 16, 2012
The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted 91 to 6 to confirm Los Angeles attorney Michael W. Fitzgerald to a seat on the federal court for Central California, making him the first openly gay federal jurist in the state and one of a few in the nation. Fitzgerald, 52, was nominated by President Obama eight months ago, but his confirmation was held up by partisan wrangling in the upper house that also has blocked appointments to 20 other vacant federal judgeships.