by Rex Wockner
President Barack Obama made two gay/lesbian appointments and one nomination Jan. 26.
He nominated openly gay J. Paul Oetken, a lawyer for Cablevision, to the Southern District of New York federal court.
He appointed National Center for Lesbian Rights co-founder Roberta Achtenberg to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
And he appointed former National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Jeff Levi to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.
recognition of out-of-state civil unions.