BY STEVE ROTHAUS
Three years ago, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles appeared on the cover of Clarity, the official magazine of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
Also on the cover: Circuit Judge Victoria “Vicki” Brennan and County Judges Judith “Judy” Rubenstein and Mark King Leban (now retired).
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 98-0 to confirm Gayles as the nation’s first openly gay black male federal judge.
“He’s accomplished a lot under GOP scrutiny. That speaks a lot to himself and how he conducts himself. To be approved 97-0 in a place that unbelievably contentious is phenomenal. It’s almost unheard of,” Adkins said. “He’s a really nice guy. He’s always been a really grounded individual and a super guy.”