Marco Rubio Blocking First Black Male Gay Judge To The Federal Bench
July 27, 2013
The Washington Blade is reporting that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) and a little blue slip of paper are the only things standing in the way of advancing openly out gay Judge William Thomas for a seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Thomas would be the first black out male judge to sit on a Federal bench. (the first out gay black judge was Deborah Batts, appointed by President Clinton in 1994.)
When comes to senate confirmations of Presidential appointees to the bench, senators on the judiciary committee are not the only ones who get to weigh in. Senators from a nominee’s home state are involved and provided with “blue slips” they must then submit in order for the confirmation process to continue and Rubio has been holding back his slip without explanation.
Now LGBT groups and others are calling for movement on Thomas’ nomination. The Washington Blade reports:
Fred Sainz, vice president of communications for the Human Rights Campaign, is among those calling for Rubio to take action. “He should return the blue slip and allow this well-qualified jurist to get confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” Sainz said. “The federal district court system is already backlogged. There’s no good reason why justice should be further delayed when Judge Thomas is ready, willing and able to serve.”
Gee, I wonder what kind of problem Marco Rubio has helping to get a gay black judge seated on southern Florida’s US Disctrict Court bench? *cough* RACIST HOMOPHOBE *cough*
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/27/2013|
Republican a homophobe, like that is anything new.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/27/2013|
Rubio is annoying as hell. I wish he could be removed.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/27/2013|
R10 Exactly. And the F&F queens in this thread are obviously Hispanics who don't like the truth. They stick together for EVERYTHING, even sticking up for a homophobe like Rubio.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/27/2013|
You sound like a villain from an early 20th-century melodrama, R1/R5/R11. "Ooh, those horrible Hispanics... They're so different from us! Let's get 'em!"
|by Anonymous||reply 12||07/27/2013|
It is disgusting that one individual Senator can have so much power.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||09/24/2013|
Cubans are only "Hispanic" when it suits them. The rest of the time they're trying to distance themselves from other Latinos to prove that they're white.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||09/24/2013|
it's annoying that Rubio has the power to do this. He's a piece of shit
|by Anonymous||reply 16||09/24/2013|
Let's stop calling Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz "men of color." They are both rich, white Republicans.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||09/24/2013|
What makes this even more ugly is that Rubio supported Thomas initially. Now that Rubio's been losing support among conservatives because of his immigration stance, he's backed away from talking about that subject and is now blocking a nomination he supported based on very lame "concerns."
I'm waiting for Rubio to do a photo op posing next to the U.S./Mexico border fence. The man is desperate to be the 2016 nominee.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||09/24/2013|
I agree. Rubio is sucking up to the tea baggers
|by Anonymous||reply 19||09/25/2013|
Put him up to do the dirty work so you know it wouldn't look so bad & obvious
|by Anonymous||reply 20||09/25/2013|
When Rubio ran for the U.S. Senate, many dizzy queens here in Florida voted for him because he is "cute". This is what they got in return!
|by Anonymous||reply 21||09/26/2013|
Someone send him an inner tube.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||09/26/2013|
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz give Cuban-Americans a bad name.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||09/27/2013|