Steward Confirmed as Appellate Justice

Therese Stewart, the San Francisco lawyer who argued on behalf of the city in three cases advocating for same sex marriage for Californians in the state Supreme Court, was confirmed Thursday to a spot on the state Court of Appeal.

Her confirmation makes Stewart the first openly lesbian justice to serve on the state Court of appeal.  She was one of four justices confirmed Thursday by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.  She will join the First District Court of Appeals.

Along with Stewart, the commission confirmed James M. Humes, Frances Rothschild and Audrey B. Collins.

All four were nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Stewart 57, served as chief deputy city attorney in the City Attorney’s office in San Francisco since 2002.

In addition to arguing on behalf of marriage equality, Stewart also led the team of San Francisco deputy city attorneys who intervened as plaintiffs in the federal case challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8.  The voter initiative limited marriage to a man and a woman.  It was struck down in a federal trial in San Francisco by retired Judge Vaughn Walker.

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