Senator Wiener and Assemblymember Gloria Ask Governor Newsom to Nominate an LGBTQ Judge to California Supreme Court

As Associate Justice Ming W. Chin retires, the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus asks Newsom to nominate an LGBTQ judge
February 13, 2020

Sacramento- Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), on behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ caucus, sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to nominate an LGBTQ judge to the vacancy on the California Supreme Court. With Associate Justice Ming W. Chin retiring, Governor Newsom is able to nominate a new judge to the Supreme Court. The text of the letter follows:

“Dear Governor Newsom,

On behalf of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, we encourage you to seize the historic opportunity presented with the retirement of Associate Justice Ming W. Chin by nominating to the California Supreme Court its first openly LGBTQ-identified justice.

California has many highly qualified LGBTQ candidates, including appellate justices, trial judges, legal scholars, and attorneys.

Nominating an LGBTQ justice would send a powerful message of California’s leadership and values, and it would highlight the success California has achieved in making the state’s judiciary better reflect its rich diversity. The time has come for an openly LGBTQ justice to sit on our state’s highest court.”  

Senator Scott Wiener, Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, said: “California has never had an LGBTQ Supreme Court Justice, and it’s time to make history. The LGBTQ community depends on the judicial system to enforce our civil rights and to ensure we aren’t criminalized. Representation matters, and I urge the Governor to do what he has always done: stand up for LGBTQ people.”

Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Vice Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus said: “In a state that is a progressive beacon of hope for LGBTQ people around the world, the time has come for this kind of representation on the California Supreme Court. Cases related to LGBTQ people are too frequently coming before the court without someone at the table who shares that lived experience. If we are steadfast in being a California for All, we urge Governor Newsom to nominate an openly LGBTQ person as our next Supreme Court Justice.” 

Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said: "Throughout his career, Governor Newsom has elevated LGBTQ+ leaders to ensure our government reflects the diversity of the people it serves. We now have an historic opportunity to put a qualified openly LGBTQ+ justice on California's highest court and ensure LGBTQ+ people are represented in every level of our justice system."