Statement from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on the President's Recent Judicial Nominations

February 12, 2014

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 —Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

"President Obama has nominated a record number of diverse judicial candidates who 'exemplify integrity, intellect and an abiding commitment to equal justice under the law.' Therefore the nomination of Staci Michelle Yandle, for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois — if confirmed, she would become the nation's second-ever out black lesbian federal judge — is not a surprise. Neither is the nomination of Judge Darrin Gayles for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, who if confirmed would be the first openly gay black man to serve as a federal judge. However, the nomination of Georgia State Appeals Court Judge Michael P. Boggs — who has a deeply troubling track record as a Georgia state legislator having voted against changing Georgia's racist Confederate flag, against marriage equality for same-sex couples, and against reproductive choice — is both surprising and disappointing. We urge the President to withdraw this nomination and continue his outstanding record by nominating a slate of diverse jurists that share his vision of a just and free society."

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