Senate Republicans block Goodwin Liu nomination

May 19, 2011 7:54:19 PM PDT
Senate Republicans have blocked the nomination of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu. It is the first time one of President Obama's judicial nominees has been defeated.

In a vote Thursday by the full Senate Democrats were unable to overcome Republican threats of a filibuster.

Obama nominated Liu to a seat on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The 40-year-old son of Taiwanese immigrants supports same-sex marriage and affirmative action. He has also slammed conservative Supreme Court justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. That has polarized both sides.

The White House issued a statement Thursday calling the vote a "lost opportunity."

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she believes the ramifications will be "deeply felt in California."