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Miami gay chamber president: Judge Darrin Gayles ‘a really grounded individual and a super guy’

BY STEVE ROTHAUS
srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

clarityThree 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.

inside“I’m so proud of him. That is such wonderful news. Not only is it a milestone, it’s such a great reward for a job well done,” said Steve Adkins, the gay chamber’s president and a longtime friend.

“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.”

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