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posted Friday, February 11, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 06
Hawaii Senate Confirms Out Lesbian as Supreme Court Justice
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Hawaii Senate Confirms Out Lesbian as Supreme Court Justice

By Tony Wagner

Today was an amazing day for equality in the Aloha State. Not only did the civil unions legislation pass the legislature and head to Gov. Abercrombie for his signature, but openly gay judge Sabrina Shizue McKenna was confirmed as an Associate Justice to the state's highest court. She becomes the first openly gay member of the Hawaii Supreme Court and the second out lesbian supreme court justice in the U.S. The appointment to the position spans 10 years and will give McKenna the opportunity to make her mark on the bench.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie called the appointment the most important decision in his career, and said the appointment sets the course for the state and its legal direction for the next several years. I'm completely confident that Judge McKenna's appointment will be something I'm proud of for the rest of my life. Judiciary Chair Clayton Hee, gave impassioned remarks on the floor of the Senate and his colleagues confirmed McKenna unanimously, including the sole Republican in the chamber, Sam Slom, who also spoke well of the nominee.

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