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New gay Colorado Supreme Court justice sees mix of praise, criticism

Friday Sep 10, 2010

Relief and skepticism both are greeting Colorado's next member of the state Supreme Court. 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.

A gay state senator tells The Pueblo Chieftain that Marquez's appointment means racial and sexual preference barriers are no longer there. But a conservative critic of the court tells The Denver Post that he suspects Marquez was picked not because of her merits but to appeal to "special interests."

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