Darrin P. Gayles will serve in the southern district of Florida. He has been a Florida circuit judge since 2011 and was previously a county judge and is a graduate of the George Washington University law school..
Steve Adkins, president of the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, said the 97-0 vote was a testimony to Gayles' character.
"I'm so proud of him. That is such wonderful news. Not only is it a milestone, it's such a great reward for a job well done," Adkins, an old friend, said.
President Obama named Gayles in February. Last year, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., after supporting the nomination of Circuit Judge William L. Thomas, another black gay judge, to the southern district, blocked the appointment.