LGBT groups throughout Florida are praising the confirmation on Tuesday of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles to the federal court.
From Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida:
"He is a dedicated professional. Whip smart. He’s everything you’d want in a judge in terms of experience and temperament. I’m glad we’ve reached a day when the fact that he’s gay and the fact that’s he’s black are not reason to hold him back," said Equality Florida Executive Director Nadine Smith, on behalf of the Florida Why Courts Matter coalition. "It’s a testament to his extraordinary qualifications and how far we've come as a society that racism and homophobia haven’t been used to try to hold him back."
From Tony Lima, executive director of SAVE:
Today the U.S. Senate confirmed Darrin Gayles as a judge for the Southern District of Florida, the first time an openly gay African American will serve on the federal bench.
One of SAVE’s missions is to place pro-equality leaders in all levels and branches of government. You might remember that SAVE had been pushing for a confirmation vote since late 2013, when a failure by Florida's Senator Marco Rubio to file procedural paperwork put Gayles’ nomination in doubt.
Judge Gayles’ confirmation is a huge step forward not only for our mission in South Florida but also for our nation as a whole. I commend the President for his selection of such a qualified jurist like Judge Gayles, and I also commend the U.S. Senate for ratifying his nomination.