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Obama nominates out lesbian attorney to federal court in Illinois

Friday, January 17, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has nominated out lesbian attorney Staci Michelle Yandle to serve in the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, the White House announced on Thursday.

Staci Michelle Yandle

Staci Michelle Yandle

If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Yandle — who is currently in private practice — would be the first African-American and first openly LGBT judge to serve in the 7th Circuit, covering Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Obama also nominated Salvador Mendoza, Jr., a county Superior Court Judge in Washington State, to the Eastern District of Illinois, where he would be the first Hispanic judge in that position.

“I am pleased to nominate these distinguished individuals to serve on the United States District Court bench,” Obama said. “I am confident they will serve the American people with integrity and a steadfast commitment to justice.”

The president’s nomination of Yandle comes after the White House acknowledged earlier this month that it was not going to resubmit the nomination of openly gay Judge William Thomas, to serve on the U. S. District Court for Southern Florida.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who originally nominated Thomas, has since blocked his nomination from moving forward. A White House official confirmed that the administration was not going to resubmit Thomas’ nomination.

Had Thomas been confirmed, he would have become the first openly gay African-American man to preside at the federal level.

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43 more reader comments:

  1. Make us proud

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:25pm
  2. go go get em girl! a woman, black and gay….that state is going to fall at it’s seams

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:25pm
  3. you go, girl!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:27pm
  4. you go girl!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:28pm
  5. Now to do some real work for equality.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:28pm
  6. Congratulations!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:30pm
  7. We NEED some of that fire power in Tennessee and Georgia!!!. It’s getting bad to be gay around here… with all the bible thumpers

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:31pm
  8. I'm pagan and transgender in middle Georgia O.o you just don't know.

    Replied on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:45pm
  9. You Can Do It ;-)

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:31pm
  10. Congratulations!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:33pm
  11. you go girl we need that in miami fl

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:33pm
  12. Yes!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:34pm
  13. Is she qualified? Because that is all that matters. How she chooses to live her personal life is her choice and none of our business.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:34pm
  14. cool

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:34pm
  15. Go, go, go!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:35pm
  16. Best prez since Lincoln! When will this country give him the credit he deserves !!??

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:36pm
  17. Make changes in my state!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:36pm
  18. she’s female, gay and African American!
    GOP’s worst nightmare!
    GO GIRL! MAKE US PROUD!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:38pm
  19. She is a fine legal mind. THAT is what should scare the HELL outta' them.

    Replied on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:21am
  20. I am assuming he nominated her for her legal abilities & not just because she is a lesbian, which should be immaterial..

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:52pm
  21. Yaaasss betch werk! <3 :P

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 6:55pm
  22. Yeah make us all proud. Whoop! :D

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:06pm
  23. Congrats! Kudos!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:06pm
  24. Why should her sexuality have to do with the job?!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:22pm
  25. Finally lets get more done for gays as we need a gay person to fight gay issues for us

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:31pm
  26. But will she get past the Senate confirmation process?

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 7:46pm
  27. way to go…

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:23pm
  28. Best of luck !!!!!! ;)

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:30pm
  29. WOOHOOOOO!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 9:04pm
  30. Right on !!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:04pm
  31. Good

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:08pm
  32. Congrats!!!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:14pm
  33. Great news!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:08am
  34. Yesssssssss

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:13am
  35. Yes!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 12:53am
  36. NO. He nominated a fine legal MIND for the bench …. who HAPPENS to be Black, a WOMAN. Period.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:14am
  37. Some day it won’t matter if someone is gay or straight. Some day.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:32am
  38. When do we grow enough as a nation to nominate a woman and no one cares about sexuality? She’s a capable woman. That should be enough.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:42am
  39. Awesome!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:55am
  40. GO GIRL

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:37am
  41. yes show them to show us some respect!! way to go…

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:10am
  42. 7 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 3:28am
  43. Is she good at her job?

    Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 4:56am