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UK: First openly gay judge to be appointed Chancellor of the High Court

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  1. I look forward to the day, and it can’t be far off, when this is not a story. When we report on how good or bad people are at their job, not on their sexuality. Then we will have achieved true equality

    1. Benjamin Cohen 21 Dec 2012, 4:17pm

      agree. In some ways, we all at PinkNews look forward to the day when we don’t need to exist!

    2. Bock McMillan 21 Dec 2012, 7:13pm

      The first time anything happens is always a story, the next time or the twentieth time is happens is less news but may still be a piece of information added to give the news a bit of depth after that it is merely information which may or may not be published..

    3. de Villiers 22 Dec 2012, 9:10am

      It cannot be right that he became an avocet in 1997 – from that to senior judge in less than fifteen years.

    4. de Villiers 22 Dec 2012, 9:10am

      It cannot be right that he became an avocat in 1997 – from that to senior judge in less than fifteen years.

      1. That’s wrong, he was called to the Bar in 1974 and became a QC in 1990.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2012, 4:34pm

    Another good day for judicial appointments. Well done, Sir Terrence. Would be nice if he said something good about equal marriage. Hopefully, he’ s not one of those opposed.

    1. He is not (one of those opposed).

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2012, 6:13pm

        Even better. Thank you for clarifying!

  3. Good on you Sir Terence – I agree that this shouldn’t be news but it’s so much more refreshing and uplifting to see this aspect of who we are than the stereotypical images that have plagued us for years. Good luck.

  4. Congratulations to Lord Justice Etherton.

    Another great role model and groundbreaking LGBT professional.

    And as David Cameron has suggested, there is no reason why we should not have an LGBT Prime Minister in the UK one day. (Belgium and Iceland already have one, as you may know.)

    Times really are changing in the UK. At last.

    1. Ted Heath?

      1. I meant to say, “openly LGBT Prime Minister.”

  5. I look forward to the day when they no longer wear those ridiculous wigs.

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Dec 2012, 6:14pm

      Totally agree with that, so unnecessary.

      1. Ceremonial only. Not worn in courts generally, except in the case of criminal courts where they serve an incidental purpose of providing some anonymity of the Judge”s face for obvious reasons. Ceremonial still by the way includes the black cap but many judges refuse to carry it for ideological reasons.

  6. It seems to me that these days there is more good news on these pages than bad.
    Congratulations, M’Lud.

  7. This is terrific, congratulations to Sir Terence. [PN please note, 'Terence' with one R only.]

    One of the strangest UK developments in recent years is that the worlds of the law and finance are now more likely, oddly, to have [openly] gay people in senior positions than the worlds of theatre and the arts.

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