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Minnesota Supreme Court gets first openly gay member

ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday appointed Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court, adding a gifted tennis player and fluent Croatian speaker the state's highest bench.Chutich is also the first openly gay member ...

ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday appointed Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court, adding a gifted tennis player and fluent Croatian speaker the state’s highest bench.
Chutich is also the first openly gay member of the high court and will join a court with two other female justices.
“If there are gay attorneys, gay people thinking about going to law school, I think it’s important that they know they’re aren’t barriers to their dreams,” said Chutich, joined by her partner of 20 years and wife of two years, Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler, and her 16-year-old daughter, Olivia.
With Chutich’s appointment, Minnesota will be one of a small handful of states to have an openly gay member on its Supreme Court. The decision won national praise.
“The judiciary system works best when it is a reflection of America,” said Sarah Warbelow, Human Rights Campaign Legal Director. “Judge Chutich is an outstandingly qualified nominee, and her nomination will be an inspiration to young LGBT lawyers across Minnesota and beyond.”

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