Senate confirms Illinois' first openly gay federal judge

By WEEK Producer

Senate confirms Illinois' first openly gay federal judge

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 17, 2014 at 2:23 PM CDT

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Senate confirmed Staci Yandle as Illinois’ first openly gay African American federal judge.

Yandle was confirmed on a 52-44 roll call confirming her as a federal judge for the Southern District of Illinois.

Senator Dick Durbin voted in favor of Yandle’s appointment, while Senator Mark Kirk voted against.

Judge Darrin Gayles was also appointed Tuesday, making him the first openly gay African American male to be appointed as a federal judge in the nation’s history.

“Today will be marked in history as the day the U.S. Senate confirmed two openly gay judges to the federal bench in the same day,” said The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute Managing Director Torey Carter. “I congratulate Judge Gayles and Stacie Yandle on this magnificent accomplishment.”

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