The state senate of Hawaii has approved new Governor Neil Abercrombie’s first judicial appointment – to make Sabrina McKenna the state’s first openly gay supreme court judge.
Ms McKenna, 53, was a senior judge working in the state’s family court.
“This is the most important decision I have made in my career,” Mr Abercrombie said in a statement when he first nominated Ms McKenna.
“This appointment sets the course for the state and its legal direction for the next several years. I am completely confident that Judge McKenna’s appointment will be something I’m proud of for the rest of my life.”