Name to New York State's Highest Court

Roosevelt Island Pride: Paul G. Feinman First Openly Gay Court of Appeals Judge

Updated 24 weeks ago David Stone
New York State Court of Appeals In Session
New York State Court of Appeals In Session
Photo Credit: Tracy Collins / Creative Commons 2.0 Share/Share Alike License

In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated and the New York State Senate confirmed Paul G. Feinman to sit as an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeals, the State's highest court. Justice Feinman, who lives on Roosevelt Island with his partner Robert Ostergaard, was sworn in last week. In an historic moment, Feinman became the first openly gay judge to take a seat on the court.

It's a stunning reversal for the Court which, as recently as 2006, ruled that same sex couples had no right to marry in New York. Feinman and Ostergaard married in 2013.

Feinman, who recently won a battle with leukemia, replaces Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who died in April.

“Certainly my entire career has been about promoting equal access and equal justice for all, and I hope I add to the diversity of perspectives that the court considers,” he said.

Active in the gay rights movement for more than 20 years, Feinman promised to consider each case coming before the court on its merits.

But the new perspective he brings to Appeals was not lost on many who saw it as a hopeful sign of equality.

Quoted for an article in the New York Times, “There is something profoundly important about finally having a L.B.G.T. person on the bench who brings these life experiences,” said Susan Sommer of the Lambda Legal Defense Fund, who has argued four gay rights cases before the court. “It will certainly enrich the conversation when these issues come before the court.”

 
Comments powered by Disqus

Assorted Ideas

War Is Hell, Cultures Collide at Bloody Gettysburg Battlefield

War Seen Through the Carnage at Gettysburg You can drive through the rolling hills of southern Pennsylvania, passing the little towns along the route where Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops, tens of thousands filling the road bed for more than a mile, but it’s not possible to really imagine 71,000 men and … Continue reading War Is Hell, Cultures Collide at Bloody Gettysburg Battlefield →

Readying for a Tunnel Disaster in New York: FDNY, NYC Emergency Management and CERT Volunteers Team Up To Save Lives

Community Emergency Response Team Volunteers Set For Tunnel Disaster Drills For New York City, it’s the worst possible scenario. From terrorist attack, national disaster or accident, victims are trapped inside a lightless tunnel. They must be rescued quickly or die. Early this month, New York City Fire Department, Emergency Management and a hardy core of … Continue reading Readying for a Tunnel Disaster in New York: FDNY, NYC Emergency Management and CERT Volunteers Team Up To Save Lives →

Stray Cat Found Huddled with Her Kitten in Trash Can Continues to Hover Over Her After Rescue

Great story by WordPress contributor Sesame Limited that furthers our understanding of how much like us other members of the animal kingdom are, sometimes even better and more loyal. “Last month, Bideawee, a no-kill animal rescue in New York, was contacted about a stray cat and her kitten who were in need of help. They … Continue reading Stray Cat Found Huddled with Her Kitten in Trash Can Continues to Hover Over Her After Rescue →

Clotilda, My Friend’s Story About the Last Shave Ship to America

When I read that the Clotilda, a schooner that was known to be the last slave ship to America, had been found, I recalled a conversation with my friend Sylviane Diouf from years ago. No one expected to ever find the vessel about which she’d just written a book, until a bomb cyclone exposed it … Continue reading Clotilda, My Friend’s Story About the Last Shave Ship to America →

It’s a Wonderful World: New York’s Annual Duck Parade

“It’s typical for female mallards to make nests and lay eggs in well-protected areas like high-walled courtyards. It’s also common at this time of year to see mama ducks leading hatchlings away from nesting areas to nearby bodies of water. “What isn’t so common is for a mama duck to use her bill to tap … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful World: New York’s Annual Duck Parade →

You purchase helps The Daily Keep publishing...