Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Black Lesbian and Gay Federal Judicial Nominees Confirmed By U.S. Senate!

Wow! I didn't see this one coming. An openly lesbian, African-American woman named Staci Michelle Yandle, survived a cloture vote on Monday June 16th (55-37) and was confirmed by the United States Senate today by a vote of 52-44! President Barack Obama nominated Yandle to be a U.S. District Court judge in the Southern District of Illinois.

Bizarrely, Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk (who has been outed as gay himself) voted against the confirmation of Yandle, while Illinois' other U.S. senator, Dick Durbin votes yes.

In addition to Yandle, the nomination of Darrin Gayles to become the first openly gay, Black man in the federal judiciary was less controversial. His confirmation vote was 98-0.

Two openly LGBT Black federal judges confirmed in one day. Thanks, President Obama!

Hat/tip to Joe Jervis

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