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*