U.S. Senate Confirms Two Black Openly Gay Judicial Nominees to Federal Bench

Gayles Yandle

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, marking the first time that two out gay judicial nominees have been confirmed on the same day, Lambda Legal reports:

President Obama has already nominated more African-American judges and openly gay and lesbian judges than any of his predecessors. With this historic confirmation, Darrin Gayles will become the nation's first openly gay African-American man to serve on the federal bench, while Staci Yandle becomes the second openly lesbian African-American woman to be confirmed in the 20 years since President Clinton nominated Deborah Batts to the Southern District of New York.

Posted June 17, 2014 at 1:10pm ETC by Andy Towle
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