Judge Mary Yu Makes History as First Asian, and First Gay Member of Washington State Supreme Court


King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu made history today when she was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court. She is the Court's first Asian-American, and first out gay justice, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:

Yu was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to replace retiring Justice Jim Johnson, a conservative defender of property rights who once joined in a majority ruling against gay marriage.

“Her appointment today is a moment that all Washingtonians can be proud of,” Inslee said.

Yu is best known for having performed the state’s first same-sex marriage at 12:01 a.m. in December 2012 when marriage equality took effect in Washington State.  She spent seven hours in black robes pronouncing vows that day.

Watch Yu marry one of the first couples, AFTER THE JUMP...

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