President Obama has nominated out lesbian Marisa Demeo to serve as a judge in the D.C. Superior Court. The nomination, which is subject to Senate confirmation, was announced Tuesday by the White House.
If confirmed, Demeo would hear cases involving a variety issues ranging from criminal cases to family issues.
The Washington Blade reports:
“I am pleased to put forward two nominees who have served the people of the District of Columbia with such distinction,” Obama said. “Marisa Demeo and Florence Pan have dedicated their careers to serving the public good and they will be esteemed and eminent additions to the DC Superior Court.”
Demeo, a D.C. native, currently works as a magistrate judge in the criminal division of D.C. Superior Court, according to Tuesday’s statement from the White House. She previously was a paralegal in the civil rights division of the Justice Department, and prosecuted cases as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. attorney’s office for D.C.
Her work for LGBT and HIV/AIDS groups includes positions at the AIDS Service Center of Lower Manhattan and the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.