Obama Names Openly Gay Af. Am. as Federal Judge

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated William L. Thomas, an openly gay African-American man, as a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida, which includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce.

The White House Press Office reported that President Obama sent Thomas’ name, along with those of six other federal court nominees, to the U.S. Senate.

“These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system,” President Obama said in a statement.

If confirmed,Thomas would replace Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan, who last year became a federal appeals court judge.

Thomas has served as Circuit Court Judge in Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit since 2005. He has presided over civil and criminal matters. Prior to becoming a judge, Thomas was an assistant federal public defender in Florida.

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