Lesbian named to Colorado’s Supreme Court

Congrats to Monica Marquez:

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.”

On Wednesday, as Ritter announced that Marquez — currently deputy Colorado attorney general — would become the state’s next Supreme Court justice, the Capitol erupted in cheers from her colleagues and family.

Marquez also got support from Colorado’s GOP AG John Suthers:

“She is just terrific,” Suthers said. “She is warm, kind and generous. I think he picked the absolute best.”


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