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BREAKING NEWS: Gay-friendly California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno to retire

SAN FRANCISCO – Justice Carlos Roberto Moreno, whose legal legacy will forever distinguish him as supportive of LGBT and minority rights, said today that he will be retiring from the California Supreme Court.

Moreno, 62, was considered by President Barack Obama as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2009 when Justice David Souter stepped down.

Moreno was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Gray Davis in 2001, becoming only the third Latino jurist to serve on the high court.

In May 2009, Moreno was the high court’s only vote to overturn Proposition 8, which took away marriage equality in California.

“Justice Moreno has a long and very distinguished record of public service. He took an unequivocal stance on the judicial branch’s moral responsibility to protect minorities. During his nine-year tenure, he has been a champion of equal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians, and he will leave behind an honorable legacy with his staunch commitment to uphold justice, fairness and equality,” said Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California.

“Governor Brown is now presented with a unique opportunity to make history by appointing the first openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender judge to the state’s highest court, and we urge him to consider nominating an openly LGBT judge to fill the vacancy,” Kors said.

In February 2010, Equality California honored Moreno at its San Francisco Equality Awards for his commitment to justice and equality for all Californians.