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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:47 PM

Obama Nominates Out Gay Black Judge To Federal Bench

Source: BuzzFeed

Obama said Judge William Thomas and other nominees “represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves.” Thomas would be the first gay black man on the federal judiciary.

Chris Geidner
BuzzFeed Staff


The White House announced on Wednesday that President Obama has nominated Judge William Thomas, an out gay man, to serve on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Thomas would be the first out LGBT black man to serve as a lifetime-tenured federal judge.

In a statement, Obama noted the diversity of Thomas and six other nominees, saying, "They ... represent my continued commitment to ensure that the judiciary resembles the nation it serves."
He added, "These individuals have demonstrated the talent, expertise, and fair-mindedness Americans expect and deserve from their judicial system. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and confident that they will apply the law with the utmost impartiality and integrity. Too many of our courtrooms stand empty. I hope the Senate will promptly consider all of my nominees and ensure justice for everyday Americans."

Thomas is the first out LGBT black judge to be nominated by Obama, but, if approved by the Senate, he would be the second out LGBT black judge. The first, Judge Deborah Batts, also was the first out LGBT federal judge. She was nominated by President Clinton and sat on the Southern District of New York bench. She took "senior status," a near-retirement, earlier this year.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/obama-nominates-out-gay-black-judge-to-federal-ben

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Reply Obama Nominates Out Gay Black Judge To Federal Bench (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
msongs Nov 2012 #1
Megahurtz Nov 2012 #2
young but wise Nov 2012 #9
Cha Nov 2012 #20
occupymybrain Nov 2012 #3
goclark Nov 2012 #13
graham4anything Nov 2012 #4
azurnoir Nov 2012 #5
Dubster Nov 2012 #6
Nika Nov 2012 #7
loyalkydem Nov 2012 #8
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #10
Liberal_Stalwart71 Nov 2012 #11
vdogg Nov 2012 #12
Botany Nov 2012 #14
TheAmbivalante Nov 2012 #15
Anthony McCarthy Nov 2012 #16
ReRe Nov 2012 #17
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #18
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #27
ReRe Nov 2012 #28
Tx4obama Nov 2012 #29
Politicub Nov 2012 #19
Cali_Democrat Nov 2012 #21
William769 Nov 2012 #22
babylonsister Nov 2012 #23
Liberalynn Nov 2012 #24
felix_numinous Nov 2012 #25
union_maid Nov 2012 #26
Sundome Nov 2012 #30
AverageJoe90 Nov 2012 #31

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:50 PM

1. or as the racist Mitt would say, another free "gift" to an african american nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:50 PM

2. Ahahahahaha!

That really oughtta put the Republicans over the edge!

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Response to Megahurtz (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:18 PM

9. +1

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Response to Megahurtz (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:36 PM

20. Yep, it would! This will really push f****** Racist Bigoted

Buttons! rofl

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:51 PM

3. Nice!

I'm so proud to call Obama my president.

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Response to occupymybrain (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:33 PM

13. Great News!


I bet FOX and Friends are mad as hell!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:53 PM

4. Another great achievement (and he better be ratified.)

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:55 PM

5. Bravo Mr Obama n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:55 PM

6. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:13 PM

7. I hope this is acted on and he is searted in as quickly a fashion as possible.

I can see this appointment as fodder for radical rightwing nuts making political hay over this.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:16 PM

8. as a gay man

I am very happy. Good luck your honor

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:29 PM

10. President Obama nominated a total of SEVEN federal district court judges today



Valerie E. Caproni - S.D.N.Y.
Kenneth John Gonzales - D.N.M.
Raymond P. Moore - D. Colo.
Beverly Reid O'Connell - C.D. Cal.
William L. Thomas - S.D. Fla.
Analisa Torres - S.D.N.Y.
Derrick Kahala Watson - D. Haw.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_federal_judges_appointed_by_Barack_Obama



Now the damn GOP Senators need to stop blocking all the damn confirmations!




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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:30 PM

11. WONDERFUL!!!! So proud of our president!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:31 PM

12. Talk about

spiking the ball in the end zone.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:48 PM

14. Mr. President!

A gay black man to be a federal judge .....


BTW this will cause at least 2,000 tea baggers to have heart attacks.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:02 PM

15. Some of us have said it...

... and I now firmly believe my hopes are about to be confirmed: Our President is about to great Liberal. VERY Liberal.

Choke on it, GOP.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:04 PM

16. OK, now I'm getting encouraged

 

that President Obama is going to stick it to them this time.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:31 PM

17. Ssshhhhhhhhh...

... (whispering) Maybe, just maybe, PO can sweep some Judges through during the holiday recess????? Yeah, that's the ticket. Go around Mitch McConnell and make a BUNCH of recess appointments! I have an idea that, all the way around, it's going to be a very good Christmas this year.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:50 PM

18. That's ticket!

Heads will explode around the holiday table in GOP households.
Happy holidays one and all at DU!

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Response to ReRe (Reply #17)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:55 PM

27. That probably will not happen - because ...


... because for The Senate to go into official recess The House has to agree to adjournment via a joint resolution,
and The House has refused to in the past forcing The Senate to hold a pro-forma session every three days while Senators are gone for the holidays.
Which means that since there wouldn't be an official recess Obama wouldn't be able to make recess appointments.



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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #27)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:16 AM

28. You had to come along and bust my balloon didn't you?

K&R

But in my mind, I thought they wouldn't do that over the holiday period. Evil, I tell you. Those men are e-v-i-l incarnate.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #28)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:19 AM

29. Here's a link to a DU OP and comments regarding judicial nominees ...


... that might help to cheer you up a little bit

Here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/1251247699



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:21 PM

19. Thank you Mr. President

for walking the talk on full equality.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:39 PM

21. Black AND Gay?

Republicans must be furious

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:40 PM

22. Recommended!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:42 PM

23. Fantastic!! Recommend!!! nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:43 PM

24. Well done Mr. President

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:57 PM

25. How great is this??

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:15 PM

26. Oh, Snap!

He is throwing down the gauntlet. That's our POTUS.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:24 AM

30. Cool. The RW will consider this a personal attack against them. Good.

Let's hope Obama doesn't bow to extreme right ideals this time. Time to stop encouraging them and put his foot down. This is a great way to start.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:39 PM

31. Awesome news.

Our President is a man of great integrity and it shows.

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