Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla on Friday nominated an openly lesbian justice to head the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.

If confirmed by the Puerto Rico Senate, Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez would become the first openly LGBT chief justice in the United States.

“It is time to fortify justice amid the challenges of the future. It is time for generational change,” the governor is quoted as saying by the Caribbean Business. “I tasked this job to the youngest justice in the court. … Maite Oronoz Rodriguez.”

“I accept this nomination with the energy and force of a new generation, with my love for Puerto Rico and my unwavering commitment to the judicial branch and justice,” Oronoz Rodriguez said.

The 39-year-old Oronoz Rodriguez joined the court in 2014.

LGBT legal group Lambda Legal cheered the move in a statement. “We are pleased with Governor García Padilla’s decision and applaud this important moment in Puerto Rico,” said staff attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan. “For the judicial system in the United States to be truly fair, it must reflect the full range of our country's rich diversity. It is critical that the judiciary be composed of judges who truly represent and understand the issues faced by all of the people affected by its rulings, including LGBT people. A diverse judiciary serves not only to improve the quality of justice, but to boost public confidence in the courts.”