The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Elena Kagan as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 63-37.
Five Republicans voted in favor of her confirmation, while one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, voted against her.
In a statement, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, commended the Senate for confirming Kagan.
“She has demonstrated an understanding of the need for equality for all Americans and her record indicates she may be more familiar with how laws and policies affect the LGBT community than any previously confirmed Justice,” he said.
The Blade will have a more complete report on Kagan’s confirmation and LGBT reaction shortly.