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The Honorable Maite D. Oronoz Rodríguez
Yesterday was an historic day - The Honorable Maite D. Oronoz Rodriguez, openly homosexual, was confirmed to The Puerto Rico Supreme Court!

The Senate vote fell along party lines - 16 (PDP - Popular Democratic Party) in favor, and 10 against - nay votes coming from the PNP (New Progressive Party - Statehood) and PIP (Independence Party). Talk about being on the wrong side of history...

Today we are celebrating, and cherishing this important step forward on our path to full equality.

Congratulations Maite!

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Con la única excepción del senador por Carolina, Luis Daniel Rivera Filomeno, y la ausencia del otro senador de ese distrito, Pedro A. Rodríguez, la delegación del Partido Popular Democrático (PPD) votó a favor de la confirmación de Oronoz Rodríguez.

Las delegaciones de los partidos Nuevo Progresista (PNP) e Independentista Puertorriqueño (PIP) votaron en contra.

La votación final, que se realizó por pase de lista, fue de 16 votos a favor y 10 en contra.

With the exception of the Carolina Senator, Luis Daniel Rivera Filomeno, and the absence of another senator from that district, Pedro A. Rodríguez, the delegation of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) voted to confirm Oronoz Rodriguez.

The delegations from the New Progressive Party (PNP) and the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP) voted against.

The final vote, which was carried by roll call, was 16 votes in favor and 10 against.  Link

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El nombramiento fue ratificado por el Senado el 23 de junio, con 16 votos a favor y 10 en contra.

"Recibimos con gran satisfacción a la nueva jueza asociada de este Tribunal, la honorable Maite D. Oronoz Rodríguez. Este encuentro sirvió para darle la bienvenida a este cuerpo colegiado del cual desde ahora forma parte. Tuvimos, además, la oportunidad de compartir impresiones y conversar sobre la ceremonia de juramento que se celebrará próximamente aquí en el Tribunal”, informó Fiol Matta en declaraciones escritas.

“Llego al Tribunal Supremo con mucha energía y un inmenso deseo de continuar sirviendo a Puerto Rico. Estoy muy entusiasmada de unirme a mis colegas para, en un ambiente de diálogo y colaboración, estudiar y adjudicar los casos y controversias que lleguen a nuestra atención. Agradezco a la jueza presidenta y a las juezas y jueces asociados por su cálida bienvenida”, manifestó, por su parte, Oronoz Rodríguez.

The appointment was ratified by the Senate on June 23, with 16 votes for and 10 against.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Liana Fiol Matta, welcomed today, Wednesday, the newly confirmed Associate Justice of the highest court of the island, Maite D. Oronoz Rodríguez.

"We received with great satisfaction the new associate justice of the Court, the Honorable Maite D. Oronoz Rodriguez. This meeting served to welcome her to this collegiate body which she now belongs. I also had the opportunity to share views and talk about the oath ceremony to be held soon here in the Court," said Fiol Matta in written statements.

"I get to the Supreme Court with a lot of energy and a huge desire to continue serving Puerto Rico. I am very excited to join my colleagues in an environment of dialogue and collaboration, to study and adjudicate cases and controversies that come to our attention. I thank the Chief Justice and the associate judges for their warm welcome," said Oronoz Rodriguez. Link

Originally posted to newpioneer on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:43 PM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos, Barriers and Bridges, and LGBT Kos Community.

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