Senators confirmed the judicial nomination of Marisa Demeo, an openly lesbian candidate, late Tuesday. The 66-32 vote fell largely along partisan lines.

Republicans opposed to Demeo have blocked her confirmation to the D.C. Superior Court bench since her March 2009 nomination by President Obama.

South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint has led the opposition, telling the National Law Journal in February: “A number of Republicans had concerns and asked me, as chairman of Steering, to ask for limited debate and a recorded vote because of a history of very leftist activism. There are just a number of things that don't look like a fair-and-balanced approach that you'd like in a judge.”

Demeo, a D.C. magistrate judge since 2007, has worked as a lobbyist and advocate for Hispanic causes. She also has a history of gay activism and holds membership in several groups that advocate for gay and lesbian rights, including the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

In a letter by the socially conservative group Traditional Values Coalition, senators were urged to reject Demeo because she's openly gay. The letter, obtained by the progressive website, was published Tuesday.

“As an open, radical lesbian, Demeo has openly condemned the effort to amend our Constitution to protect marriage as a one-man, one-woman union,” the group wrote. “Demeo supports gay marriage, claiming it is a constitutional right. She also claims that LGBT individuals are equal to racial minorities and can claim protection as minorities under our civil rights laws.”

The group went on to call Demeo “dangerous to our nation” and would “destroy traditional marriage through her edicts.”

Denis Dison, a vice president at the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports openly gay candidates, told On Top Magazine that Demeo was recommended by the Presidential Appointments Project, a community driven effort coordinated by his group.

“We know some extremist groups oppose her nomination because she is a lesbian,” Dison said,” but that kind of bigotry has no place in discussions of an individual's qualifications for a job, especially in the U.S. Senate.”

Demeo, he added, is highly qualified for the job.