June 17, 2014 by Robin Maril, Legislative Counsel, Administrative Advocacy
Thanks to President Obama, the federal judiciary is looking more like America with each passing day. Today, the Senate confirmed two openly gay judges to the federal district court, Darrin Gayles and Staci Yandle.
Judge Gayles will serve on the federal bench in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Now the first gay black male Federal judge, Gayles previously sat on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida in Miami.
The Senate also confirmed Judge Staci Yandle to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. Judge Yandle is not only the first openly gay judge on a court within the Seventh Circuit (which covers Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin), but she is also the first African American judge to serve in the Southern District of Illinois.
HRC commends Judges Gayles and Yandle for their courage to live as out public servants, and applauds their confirmation to the federal bench.