Hon. Mary I. Yu has been appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to the Washington Supreme Court, making her the state’s first Asian American and first openly gay Supreme Court justice. Yu makes this step after spending 14 years serving on the King County Superior Court, which she was appointed to by then-governor Gary Locke in 2000, the nation’s first governor of Asian descent.
Yu, the daughter of Mexican and Chinese immigrants, will be the higher court’s 6th woman and 2nd minority justice. She replaces retiring Justice James Johnson, the court’s undisputedly most conservative member. Johnson said of Yu shortly after he retired earlier this week:
Johnson’s remarks notwithstanding, Yu is well-known for her compassion and intellect; she made news two years ago when she officiated King County’s first gay marriage on December 9, 2012, shortly after it was legalized in Washington state.
In commenting on her appointment, Yu said:
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