In a day of historic firsts in the U.S. Senate on the judicial front, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Darrin P. Gayles on Monday became the first African-American, openly gay man to be confirmed as a federal judge.

Gayles, who was approved 98-0, had the votes of both Florida senators. He was nominated along with Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beth Bloom to replace U.S. District Judges Patricia Seitz and Donald Graham, who became senior judges in Miami.

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