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Congratulations to Andrew J. McDonald on His Nomination to the Connecticut Supreme Court
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 12/27/12
Last updated on: 12/27/12
 
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Andrew J. Mcdonald.

Congratulations to Andrew J. McDonald, who on December 27, 2012 was nominated by Governor Daniel Malloy to the Connecticut Supreme Court. A former co-chairman of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee before he left the legislature to become the Governor's General Counsel, McDonald will become the first openly gay member of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

As reported in the Connecticut Mirror, Malloy described McDonald as possessing "an exceptional ability to understand and analyze, research and evaluate legal issues." Malloy said those skills will make McDonald a "great jurist."

McDonald was co-chairman of the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee in 2005, when the legislature passed a civil unions law that gave many of the same rights as marriage to same-sex couples. In 2008, the state Supreme Court mandated marriage equality in Connecticut.

While a member of the legislature, McDonald was a supporter of marriage equality, transgender rights, and the abolition of the death penalty.

In announcing McDonald's nomination, Malloy spoke of the Supreme Court's "heroic" decision in 2008 that legalized same-sex marriage, and noted that he performed McDonald's wedding the following year to his longtime partner Charles Gray.

At the announcement, McDonald thanked Malloy, his friends, colleagues and former law partners who attended the press conference, and Gray, whom he described as "my 'friend,' my partner and my companion." He added, "Some three years ago I was so honored, governor, that you helped settle the name game by performing our wedding and allowing me to finally and officially call Charles my husband."

McDonald is a graduate of Cornell University and of the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is expected to be confirmed easily.

In the video below, from 2007, then-Senator McDonald speaks of his work in the Judiciary Committee.

 
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