Washington, D.C. (Worthy News)– At a fundraiser this week, President Barack Obama boasted, "Before I took office, only one openly gay judge had been confirmed in history. We have 10 more."
Gayles, a 48-year-old Florida circuit-court judge, becomes the nation’s first openly homosexual black man to be confirmed to the federal bench.
Yandle, 53, an attorney in private practice in Illinois, will become the second black lesbian federal judge and the first in two decades.
"Never before in the course of the history of our state has there been an Article III federal judge who is openly a member of the LGBT community," Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said ahead of Yandle's vote. Durbin said Yandle's confirmation marks "another important milestone in America's journey toward equality of opportunity."
The appointments come just a week before the June 26 one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that struck down California's voter-approved ban on gay marriage, known as Prop 8. — Source