washington_flag.pngThe Senate today confirmed lesbian mom Jenny Durkan to become U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington. She lives in Seattle with her partner and two sons.

“I am honored and humbled by this challenge and responsibility, and will spend each day working to honor the rule of law, protect our citizens from crime, and to defend the U.S. in civil cases,” she said in a press release.

Congratulations to Durkan. I find it ironic, though, that she can be approved for such a job while the citizens of her state will be voting on whether she and her partner can have the expanded set of domestic partner rights that make them equal to any other couple (excepting, of course, the name “marriage,” which isn’t even a possibility there at the moment). Don’t forget that the Approve Referendum 71 folks still need our help. (Also note that we want to approve Ref 71, but reject Question 1 in Maine.)