Connecticut Legislature Confirms First Openly Gay Supreme Court Justice

Earlier today, the Connecticut General Assembly confirmed Andrew J. McDonald, a Democratic state senator, as the first openly gay justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

The Senate voted 30-3 to confirm McDonald while the House voted 125-20.  McDonald currently serves as Governor Malloy’s general counsel.

McDonald is the first lawyer nominated to the Connecticut Supreme Court who did not first serve as a judge in a lower court since Governor Lowell P. Weicker Jr. nominated Richard Palmer.

According to the CT Mirror, McDonald, who first ran for the state Senate in 2002 as an openly gay politician, was co-chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 2005, when the legislature passed a civil unions law that gave many of the same rights as marriage to same-sex couples.

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