Trump’s Appeals Court Nominee Introduces His Same-Sex Husband and Twin Baby Daughters

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 6, 2020 | 3:21pm EST
Patrick Bumatay at his confirmation hearing. (Screen Capture)
Patrick Bumatay at his confirmation hearing. (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - Then-Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Bumatay, whom President Donald Trump had nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Night Circuit, introduced his same-sex husband and their twin baby daughters when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing on Oct. 30, 2019.

“I finally want to introduce my husband, Alex,” Bumatay told the committee at that hearing.

“He’s an outstanding father and a trained phlebotomist,” Bumatay said.

“Being married to a prosecutor is not always easy, but I want to thank him for all the support he has given me over the years,” said Bumatay.

“This year, we received the greatest blessings of our lives. In April, our twin daughters, Ellie and Irena, were born,” said this Trump appellate court nominee.

“As you can imagine, they are a handful, but we are still thankful for them,” said Bumatay. “They have changed our lives for the better in infinite ways.”

The committee reported Bumatay’s nomination to the full Senate, and the Senate voted to confirm him 53-40 on Dec. 10. All 53 Republicans voted for Bumatay, but no Democrat voted for him. (Seven Democrats did not vote on the nomination.)

The White House announcement, stating that President Trump had nominated Bumatay to the appeals court also said Bumatay “is a member of…the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association.”

The website of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association includes a page headlined, “Who Was Tom Homann?”

“In his relatively short legal career, Tom made an enormous impact on the local community. The San Diego newspapers from the 1980s are filled with reports on his constitutional battles with the establishment,” it says.

“He fought with the city to prevent it from shutting down the F Street adult bookstores or limiting the materials they sold; he fought city efforts to license and restrict the operations of topless bars,” it says.

“The Tom Homann LGBT Law Association is dedicated to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation,” the website says. “We are also the place for San Diego’s LGBTQ lawyers to network, build friendships and develop their careers.”

“Mr. Bumatay earned his B.A., cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School,” said the White House announcement of his nomination.

Here is a transcript of Bumatay introducing his family, including his husband and twin baby daughters, at this confirmation hearing:

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.): “Mr. Bumatay.”

Patrick Bumatay: “Thank you Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein for holding this hearing. It is an absolute privilege to be appearing before this committee. First and foremost, I would like to thank President Trump for nominating me to the 9th Circuit. It is the highest honor.

I’d also like to thank Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Harris for considering my nomination.

I’d also like to thank the friends, colleagues and mentors who have supported me throughout my career.  Without them, I would not be here. I would especially like to spotlight the two judges for whom I clerked. Chief Judge Tymkovich of the 10th Circuit and the late Sandra Townes of the Eastern District of New York. From these judges I learned of the utmost importance of following the rule of law and keeping an open mind. Moreover, they are great examples of humility and civility. I will always take their example with me.

Before introducing my guest, I would like to tell you a little about my family’s story. I believe it’s the quintessential American Dream story. My grandfather came to the United States from the Philippines in the 1920s. He landed in California and worked as a farm laborer, picking fruits and vegetables in the fields of California. Through hard work and resilience, he scraped by and eventually earned a college degree and a PhD in psychology. He then returned to the Philippines to start his family. My parents came to the United States in the 1970s. With not much more than their education, work ethic, family and faith, they earned a beautiful life for my sister and me. So my family was once again blessed with the American Dream.

My family’s story has instilled in me a love of this country, and that’s why I have dedicated my career to public service. Serving as a federal prosecutor since 2012 has been the honor of a lifetime.   

So, I am proud to introduce my parents, Dr. Joseph Bumatay, a retired ear, nose and throat surgeon, and Dr. Christine Bumatay, a retired pediatrician. 

I owe them so much and am thankful for everything they have given me.

I also want to introduce my sister, Dr. Christine [inaudible], a pediatric nephrologist in New York. As you can see, I’m the black sheep of the family.

My brother-in-law is also here. He is a biotech consultant and I am glad to show my nephews, Julian, age 12, and Jonah, age 10. They are great students, budding lacrosse stars, and, so, I’m a proud uncle.

I finally want to introduce my husband, Alex. He’s an outstanding father and a trained phlebotomist. Being married to a prosecutor is not always easy, but I want to thank him for all the support he has given me over the years.

This year, we received the greatest blessings of our lives. In April, our twin daughters, Ellie and Irena, were born.

As you can imagine, they are a handful, but we are still thankful for them. They have changed our lives for the better in infinite ways. Once again, thank you for this opportunity, Mr. Chairman, and I look forward to answering your questions.





 

 

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