"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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyIllinois House Republican leader won't attend GOP convention in Florida: 'It's not going to be a safe environment' Trump administration to impose tariffs on French products in response to digital tax Big Ten moves to conference-only model for all fall sports MORE (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.

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