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Federal Judge Sworn In

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EUGENE, Ore. — A U.S. District judge who was sworn in this Monday at the Federal Courthouse in Eugene has gained a lot of national attention. Judge Michael McShane is openly gay, and will oversee an important case involving gay marriage beginning Wednesday.

Judge McShane has been a federal judge for about a year, but was officially sworn in at a ceremony Monday afternoon. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house at his investiture.

Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley, and Rep. Peter DeFazio turned out in support and shared their remarks on Judge McShane.

In talking about his journey to the bench, he’s is amazed he’s come this far.

“As a young law student who wasn’t even sure if I made the right choice to go to law school, I mean I thought I’d made the biggest mistake of my life. I was too afraid to be in a courtroom and now here my life is in a courtroom every day in this wonderful community. I just feel like I’m the luckiest,” said Judge McShane.

Wednesday marks a major case for Judge McShane, he’ll oversee the case challenging Oregon’s gay marriage ban.

He won’t comment on the trial, but Sen. Wyden says Judge McShane will handle the case objectively.

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