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05/10/07--Janet T. Neff, nominee to be a U.S. District judge for the Western District of Michigan, during the Senate Judiciary hearing on pending judicial nominations. Kansas Republican Sam Brownback appears ready to let her nomination advance, after questioning the nominee about the legality of same-sex marriage at a confirmation hearing Thursday. Brownback chaired a confirmation hearing for Janet T. Neff last year, after Bush nominated her to a Michigan federal court. After that hearing, he discovered that Neff had attended a lesbian coupleÕs commitment ceremony in 2002. Brownback promptly blocked NeffÕs nomination. Bush nominated her again this year. At the Senate Judiciary hearing, Brownback asked Neff for her views on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. Neff said it would be Òimproper for me, unethical for meÓ to give her views because such a case might come before her on the federal bench. Neff said she could not Òoffer an opinion that would indicate any prejudgment on my part.Ó Neff assured Brownback that she would apply the law without regard to her personal views. After the hearing, Brownback signaled that he would not put another hold on NeffÕs nomination, so long as there are recorded votes on it in the Judiciary Committee and on the Senate floor. Congressional Quarterly by Photo Scott J. Ferrell

05/10/07--Janet T. Neff, nominee to be a U.S. District judge for the Western District of Michigan, during the Senate Judiciary hearing on pending judicial nominations. Kansas Republican Sam Brownback appears ready to let her nomination advance, after questioning the nominee about the legality of same-sex marriage at a confirmation hearing Thursday. Brownback chaired a confirmation hearing for Janet T. Neff last year, after Bush nominated her to a Michigan federal court. After that hearing, he...
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