Lambda Legal Applauds Historic Confirmation of First Openly Lesbian Judge to Puerto Rico Supreme Court

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"The confirmation of Maite Oronoz Rodríguez to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court marks a historical step towards achieving a judiciary that reflects Puerto Rico’s full and rich diversity."
June 24, 2014

(San Juan, PR, June 24, 2014) — Yesterday, the Puerto Rico Senate confirmed attorney Maite Oronoz Rodríguez as an Associate Justice to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, marking the first time that an openly lesbian judicial nominee is confirmed to the Commonwealth’s highest court. Lambda Legal released the following statement from Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan:

"The confirmation of Maite Oronoz Rodríguez to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court marks a historical step towards achieving a judiciary that reflects Puerto Rico’s full and rich diversity.

"We are pleased with the Puerto Rico Senate’s decision to confirm now-Associate Justice Oronoz Rodríguez to the Commonwealth’s highest court. It is critical that the judiciary be composed of judges who truly represent and understand the issues faced by all who are subject to their rulings.

"Courts matter to the LGBT community in Puerto Rico and across the country. We must care about the courts if we care about our rights, our families, our neighbors and our society. We look forward to continuing our work in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on behalf of LGBT people and people living with HIV."

Read Lambda Legal’s Puerto Rico resource page: www.lambdalegal.org/puerto-rico

Lee el nuevo recurso informativo acerca de Puerto Rico: www.lambdalegal.org/es/puerto-rico

** Gonzalez-Pagan is fluent in Spanish**

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Erik Roldan Cell: 312-545-8140; Email: eroldan@lambdalegal.org

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