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December 13, 2010

Justice Monica Marquez becomes first Latina and first openly gay justice on Colorado Supreme Court

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Justice Monica Marquez was sworn in last week as Colorado’s newest Supreme Court justice.  Although Gov. Ritter appointed this former assistant attorney general because of her ability to be an excellent justice, there is no denying that her confirmation to the state’s highest court also represents an important breakthrough for Latinas and for gays, and serves as a great reminder that many of us have overlapping identities.

The appointment of Monica Marquez to the Colorado Supreme Court moves the state past a couple of ethnic and sexual-orientation milestones.

But as he pondered his choice among three qualified candidates, history wasn’t important to Gov. Bill Ritter.

“It is not because Monica is a Latina or because she is gay,” he said. “I chose her because of her analytical ability and her keen intellect.” [snip]

“I look forward to serving the state of Colorado in this new capacity, and I promise to bring an exceptional work ethic, a collaborative spirit, an open mind and a reverence for the rule of law,” Marquez said.

Oregon also has two openly gay justices on its Supreme Court bench, Justices Rives Kistler and Virginia Linder.


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