Friday, December 4, 2020 9:29 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s Supreme Court has its first openly gay justice. Martin Jenkins was sworn in on Friday by Gov. Gavin Newsom in a virtual ceremony. Newsom says the state couldn't ask for “a finer jurist or better person" to take the bench. He replaces Justice Ming Chin, who retired. Jenkins, who grew up in San Francisco, is a former federal civil rights prosecutor and was Newsom's judicial appointment secretary, helping him vet potential appointments for judgeships. Jenkins joins a diverse court. He and Justice Leondra Kruger are Black. The bench also includes a Latino, two Asian Americans and two white justices.