Judge Maite Oronoz Rodriguez will become the first lesbian and the third woman to be named the president of the Supreme Court.
In an historical decision, senators in Puerto Rico have named openly lesbian judge as the new president of the Supreme Court.
Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla proposed Oronoz’s candidacy, and lawmakers approved the governor’s decision 14 votes to 12, paving the way for her to replace former Supreme Court President Liana Fiol Mata.
When the governor first appointed her, Oronoz said,
The moment for change and renovation in Puerto Rico’s justice has come. This is the moment to strengthen justice and face all the future challenges. This is the moment to pass along the administration of justice to the present generations that will experience its outcomes.”
Before the appointment to the Supreme Court, Oronoz was an associate justice of the Supreme Court since June 2014.
The possibility of her appointment had generated controversy among the island’s most conservative sectors, including the highest authority of the Catholic Church, San Juan Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves, who at the time expressed “concern” that an openly lesbian judge could lead the court.