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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Malloy Names First Openly Gay Justice to High Court

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By Mark Pazniokas and Arielle Levin Becker

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who took office two years ago pledging to make the courts as diverse as Connecticut’s society, today nominated Andrew J. McDonald as the first openly gay justice of the state Supreme Court. Image
Andrew McDonald: influential legal voice.

McDonald, 46, was an influential legal voice as co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee before he left the legislature two years ago to become Malloy’s top legal adviser as general counsel. He is a longtime confidant of Malloy. Before becoming a legislator, he served as city attorney in Stamford when Malloy was mayor.

Malloy said he selected McDonald to work for him both times for a simple reason.

“In my estimation, Andrew possesses an exceptional ability to understand and analyze, research and evaluate legal issues,” he said. Malloy said those skills will make McDonald a “great jurist.”

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Posted 12/27/12 at 10:16 PM


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These sort of statements always amaze me.  If I were to go before a judge I don’t care if he is gay, straight, black, white, green or orange.  Only that he is a fair jurist.  My brother in law and friends of mine are gay.  I don’t judge them on their sexual persuation but on their character as men/women.

Posted by John Harder on December 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM | #

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