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Colorado Swears in First Openly Gay Latina Supreme Court Judge

Deputy Attorney General Monica Marquez made history in Colorado on Friday, Fox News Latino reports:

Marquez ...she was quick to tell her colleagues that her allegiance is to the law, not any special interest group when she was sworn in Friday.

"On the bench, of course, my allegiance is to the law, not to any particular constituency," she said after she was sworn in by her father, retired Judge Jose D.L. Marquez, who was the first Latino appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Marquez, 41, is a Grand Junction native who attended Stanford and Yale universities.

Gov. Bill Ritter told the justices that he interviewed Marquez and determined she has a "deep respect for the rule of law."

He said he was reassured she would not show preference. "It's important not to do that for any interest group," he told the court.

At this time, there are no major gay rights measures pending in the Colorado courts, but you can be sure that when there are the conservatives will immediately raise a stink about Justice Marquez.

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    Posted by: twinkter | Dec 13, 2010 11:15:31 AM

  2. Could we please have the next openly straight judge say the same special interest group and allegiance is to the law

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 13, 2010 11:21:57 AM

  3. "...she was quick to tell her colleagues that her allegiance is to the law, not any special interest group when she was sworn in Friday"

    Geez. Was she apologizing for being a lesbian or for being Hispanic? She should let people know, so they can dismiss her rulings appropriately.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 13, 2010 2:30:13 PM

  4. Note to LGBT Community: Identity politics is a bad idea.

    This would have been something to cheer about 30 years ago. Today, it's not. Gay politicians are not necessarily on our side. See Barney Frank. There are many straight politicians who have a much better track record than some LGBT politicians. More often than not, a couple members of oppressed minorities are allowed to rise so that the rest of us remain where we are. In 2010, a promotion for one lesbian doesn't mean shit to the 30 million of the rest of us. And it would hurt us if her politics were shitty and her rulings hurt us.

    Class politics are better than identity politics. I have a lot more in common with a straight white male dockworker than I do with Barney Frank or with this Supreme Court Judge.

    Posted by: Lonnie | Dec 13, 2010 5:33:43 PM

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