"As the first openly gay man to be confirmed as a federal judge and to serve on the federal bench, he will be a symbol of how much we have achieved as a country in just the last few decades," said Schumer. " ... Paul Oetken's modest but brave act of going through the confirmation process makes this otherwise quiet moment historic."
In the minutes leading up to the vote, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), also spoke in support of Oetken’s confirmation.
"I support this nomination and I congratulate him on his professional accomplishments," said Grassley.
Since no senator attempted to block Oetken's confirmation, the vote required a simple majority to pass.
Republicans who voted against confirmation were Sens. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Roger Wicker (Miss.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Mike Crapo (Idaho), John Boozman (Ark.), Pat Roberts (Kan.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Mike Lee (Utah), Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas) and Jim DeMint (S.C.).