Black, gay justice makes history with confirmation to California’s Supreme Court
An out gay judge has made history with his appointment to California’s Supreme Court.
Martin Jenkins, who was nominated for the vacant seat on the state court by Governor Gavin Newsom last month, will be the first out LGBT+ person, the first queer person of colour, and and only the third African-American man ever to serve on the state’s highest court.
His nomination was unanimously confirmed on Tuesday (November 10), with the independent Commission on Judicial Appointments issuing glowing praise of the eminently-qualified justice.
Glowing praise for California’s first Black gay Supreme Court justice
Its report says: “Justice Jenkins’ impressive 30-year record of professional accomplishment is equally matched by his strength of character, compassion, and integrity. He is praised for his brilliant intellect, first-class temperament, and boundless humanity.
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