List of LGBT state supreme court justices

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Below is a list of the names of the LGBT persons who have served on the highest court of a state or territory in the United States.

The first state with a LGBT justice was Oregon, where Rives Kistler was named to the bench in 2003.[1] The first U.S. territory with a LGBT justice was Guam, where Benjamin Cruz was appointed in 1997.[2] There are currently eleven LGBT state supreme court justices, serving in ten states.

In U.S. states[edit]

Order State Justice Ref Service as Justice As Chief Justice
1 Oregon Rives Kistler [1] 2003–present
2 Oregon Virginia Linder [3] 2007–2016
3 Colorado Monica Márquez [4] 2010–present
4 Hawaii Sabrina McKenna [5] 2011–present
5 Massachusetts Barbara Lenk [6] 2011–present
6 Vermont Beth Robinson [7] 2011–present
7 Connecticut Andrew J. McDonald [8] 2013–present
8 Washington Mary Yu [9] 2014–present
9 Oregon Lynn Nakamoto [10] 2016–present
10 Minnesota Margaret Chutich [11] 2016–present
11 Nevada Lidia Stiglich [12] 2017–present
12 New York Paul Feinman [13] 2017–present

In U.S. territories[edit]

Order Territory Justice Ref Service as Justice As Chief Justice
1 Guam Benjamin Cruz [2] 1997–2001 1999–2001
2 Puerto Rico Maite Oronoz Rodríguez [14] 2014–present 2016–present

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Amid debate over rights, number of gay judges rising". USA Today. October 17, 2006.
  2. ^ a b Silva, David (November 25, 1997). "Cruz Control: Newly Appointed Guam Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cruz May Be the Nation's Highest-Ranking Gay Judge". The Advocate. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Political Notebook: Bisexual, lesbian politicians stump in SF". Bay Area Reporter. November 22, 2007. Retrieved December 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ritter appoints Marquez to Colo. Supreme Court". KDVR. September 8, 2010. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Kobayashi, Ken (January 26, 2011). "McKenna is named to state's high court". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Goodnough, Abby (April 4, 2011). "Lesbian Judge Chosen for Top Massachusetts Court". New York Times. Archived from the original on 11 April 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Vt. gov.'s high court nominee pushed civil unions, marriage law". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. October 21, 2011.
  8. ^ "County Fair: The Queering of Connecticut". Fairfield County Weekly. 28 February 2008. Archived from the original on 19 December 2008. Retrieved February 28, 2008.
  9. ^ Provenza, Nick (2 May 2014). "Assistant Metro Editor". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  10. ^ Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest (GLAPN). "Openly LGBT elected in Oregon".
  11. ^ Bakst, Brian (January 22, 2016). "Dayton MN Supreme Court pick is court's first openly gay justice". MPR News. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  12. ^ Chereb, Sandra (March 9, 2017). "New Nevada Supreme Court justice has 'pursuit of justice' in her heart". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  13. ^ McKinley, James (June 21, 2017). "First Openly Gay Judge Confirmed for New York's Highest Court". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  14. ^ "Puerto Rico appoints first openly gay chief justice". Sun-Times National. 23 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.