CO Supreme Court gets lesbian jurist

Timothy Kincaid

September 9th, 2010


Monica Marquez is the first Latina and the first openly gay jurist on the state’s high court.

Marquez was named by Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter on Wednesday to fill a vacancy on the court. Marquez is currently deputy Colorado attorney general and is past president of the Colorado Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Bar Association.

An appointment like this means more than just inclusion. As we have seen over and over, the better you know gay people, the more likely you are to see them as part of the fabric of society and the less likely you are to harbor animus and bias.

Having an openly gay member of the Colorado Supreme Court can provide tremendous influence on decisions. No longer are gay folk “out there somewhere” but instead there is a real live colleague looking at you as you ponder how “any person” and “all men” constitutional provisions apply to gay people.


September 9th, 2010

Great news! Congrats to Justice Monica Marquez! Hopefully this will give aspiring gay and lesbian lawyers the ability to envision themselves as judges as well!


September 9th, 2010

This appointment is a powerful reason why we should all come out if we possibly can and it is safe to do so. The more visible we are the better off we are.
Congratulations Ms. Marquez!

A gay President in 2084!


September 9th, 2010

“A gay President in 2084!”

Well, don’t forget we already had a gay president in 1860…

Rob San Diego

September 10th, 2010

YES! Way to go, it’s about time!

Emily K

September 10th, 2010

He meant OPENLY gay. Not “maybe he’s gay maybe he’s not..”

Ben in Oakland

September 10th, 2010

Actually, we had a gay president before then.

Buchanan was known as Miss Nancy


September 10th, 2010

Actually I believe it was Buchanan’s, ahem, “housemate,” William King, who was referred to as “Miss Nancy”.

Emily K

September 10th, 2010

Was buchanan the only bachelor president? was he the one? b/c if that’s the case, he must’ve been a “confirmed bachelor.”

Timothy Kincaid

September 10th, 2010

Buchanan was indeed a confirmed bachelor. His 15 year roommate was Senator William Rufus King (who was vice President under Pierce). Andrew Jackson referred to them as Miss Nancy (King) and Aunt Fancy (Buchanan).

Emily K

September 10th, 2010

Andrew Jackson was a jerk, so it’s not surprising he did that.

well, there’s gay people everywhere so I’m unsurprised we’ve had a gay president. I men, the MORMONS may have had a gay president holding some sort of high office in their political structure.

What would be the true accomplishment is an uncloseted gay president.

“Oh, he’s finally marrying that Senator? good for him. He’s got my vote because of his stance on campaign finance reform.”

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