The nomination of Andrew McDonald to be Connecticut's next chief justice of the Supreme Court cleared a major legislative hurdle Monday, but only by the thinnest of margins.
"Connecticut is on the verge of making history with the potential confirmation of Andrew McDonald as Chief Justice, who would be the first openly LGBTQ chief justice of a state Supreme Court", said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse.
A handful of Democrats and almost every Republican opposed McDonald, one of the most politically charged judicial nominees in recent memory. "It would be wrong to vote against Justice McDonald because he is by party affiliation a Democrat".
McDonald's nomination now heads to the Senate. It has become one of the most politically charged judicial nominations in recent memory, complete with robocalls and TV ads.
McDonald has served as an associate justice for five years.
If confirmed, he'd be the first openly gay state Supreme Court chief justice in the U.S. It means that if McDonald is to be approved, at least one Republican would have to join all the Democrats so that the Lt. Governor could break the tie.
Republicans and conservative groups have accused McDonald of legislating from the bench, a claim he and his supporters deny. He faced stiff opposition mainly from Republicans.
The House earlier in the day voted 79-69 to rejected the committee's unfavorable report. There are an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in the Senate, but one Democrat has recused herself from voting.