New & Noteworthy:

PinkWink.com
Gaydating.com
A community exclusively for gay and lesbian couples.
Connect with people like you!

U.S. Senate confirms two openly gay nominees to the federal bench

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Darrin Gayles

Darrin Gayles

Staci Michelle Yandle

Staci Michelle Yandle

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed two openly gay nominees to the federal bench, the White House announced.

Senators voted 98-0 to confirm Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and is the first openly gay African American man to be confirmed as a federal judge.

Staci Yandle, confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois by a vote of 52-44, is the first African American to serve on her court, and 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.

“President Obama has already nominated more African-American judges and openly gay and lesbian judges than any of his predecessors,” said Eric Lesh, Fair Courts Project Manager for Lambda Legal, in a statement. “Federal courts are charged with providing everyone with equal access to justice, and yet justice has not always been a reality for some. A diverse judiciary serves not only to improve the quality of justice, but to boost public confidence in the courts.”

And by a vote of 92-4, the Senate also confirmed Salvador Mendoza to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington; he will be the first Hispanic judge to serve on his court.

Share this article with your friends and followers:
Comments