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Martin Jenkins 1st District Court of Appeals Justice Martin Jenkins. (Photo: Jason Doiy / ALM)

California’s governor has nominated the first openly gay judge to the state’s Supreme Court.

In an announcement Monday afternoon, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Justice Martin Jenkins—who would also be the third black man to join the bench—might take his seat on the court as early as next month.

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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