Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodríguez has been a member of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court since 2014. She would become the first openly LGBT chief justice in the U.S. if members of the Puerto Rico Senate approve her nomination.
“Today I entrust with her the construction of a new legacy for everyone and above all for our daughters and sons,” said García as he formally announced Oronoz’s nomination at his official residence in San Juan.
Oronoz also spoke.
“I accept this nomination with the energy and force of the new generation,” she said.
Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan applauded Oronoz’s nomination.
“With this nomination, Maite Oronoz Rodriguez makes judicial history; not just in Puerto Rico, but for the entire country,” said Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal, in a statement. “This is a significant step forward towards achieving a judiciary that reflects the growing diversity of our country.”
Oronoz’s nomination comes against the backdrop of Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis.