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Miami judge confirmed as first openly gay black male on federal bench


Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles reached an American milestone Tuesday when the U.S. Senate confirmed him as a federal judge, making Gayles the first openly gay black male jurist to sit on the bench.

The noon vote was 97-0.

Gayles has served on the Florida circuit court since 2011 and before on the Miami-Dade county court, beginning in 2004. He graduated from George Washington University School of Law.

In February, President Barack Obama nominated Gayles and White House officials noted that he would be the first openly gay male African-American federal judge. That distinction had previously generated political opposition to the president's nomination of another Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge.

Last year, Obama's appointment of state Circuit Judge William L. Thomas as a federal judge for the Southern District of Florida ran into a dead end. He was not renominated this year. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the conservative Republican from Miami, blocked Thomas' appointment — after first backing him along with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

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ed jenkins

The citizens are horrified that this admitted pervert and law breaker is allowed to have what was once an honor to be a judge but now this position of honor has been so badly disgraced by the appointment of a pervert that the citizens will question the authority of this court in the future.

Jim Jimerson

Wow, talk about wearing your bigotry on your sleeve. Nice going, Ed Jenkins.

Bill Thompson

The readers have no desire to read the peverted comments of this ed jenkins and his lover d played out in the pages of the newspaper where children can read them. The readers urge them to seek out counseling to address their deep seated self-hatred and to learn to accept themselves for who they are.

Gloria Lopez Phd

It's been my observation in my years of practice that those that yell the loudest about this issue usually have some hidden issues of their own deep down inside and that they are uncomfortable with themselves and their own sexuality. It is something that can be helped with the assistance of a professional.

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