Todd M. Hughes was recently confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Hughes is the first openly gay judge to sit on the bench in a federal appeals court.
Seven openly gay judges have been confirmed to serve on district courts, which is one level below the circuit courts, noted RightWingWatch.org.
With 874 federal judgeships, openly gay judges hold 0.77 percent (less than 1 percent) of federal judgeships.
However, Christian radio host Janet Mefferd recently attacked Hughes and claimed there was an “overrepresentation” of homosexuals in the courts (audio below).
“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 overrepresentation,” she added. “I don’t know how many judges are on that system but we’re talking about what, 2 to 3 percent of the population? This is overrepresentation but they don’t care.”
Using Mefford’s numbers, “2 to 3 percent of the population,” gays are actually underrepresented with fewer than 1 percent sitting on the senior level courts.