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California: Governor taps gay attorney for San Francisco court

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- A gay attorney who was part of the legal team that defended San Francisco's groundbreaking Equal Benefits Ordinance has been appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court.

Joseph Quinn, the husband of the presiding justice of the First District Court of Appeal's Division One, James M. Humes, was one of three people Governor Jerry Brown named to the lower court Friday, March 27.

Quinn, 46, who lives with Humes in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John E. Munter.

Humes made history in 2012 when Brown, his longtime former boss, named him as the first openly LGBT judge to serve on a state appellate court.

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