First LGBT Chief Justice Confirmed in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s Senate has confirmed Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the commonwealth’s highest court. She becomes the first openly LGBT chief justice in Puerto Rico and the United States, Lambda Legal said in applauding her elevation.

Her confirmation “makes history, breaks barriers, and marks a momentous step towards achieving a judiciary that reflects full and rich diversity of our country.  A diverse judiciary serves not only to improve the quality of justice, it boosts public confidence in the courts,” wrote Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan. Lambda Legal is a Justice at Stake partner organization. 

Meanwhile WBHM FM in Alabama reported on the potential impact of judicial elections in Jefferson County, which could bring greater diversity to the bench.