The legislature’s Judiciary Committee voted 40-2 today to recommend to the full General Assembly the confirmation of Andrew J. McDonald as a justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court.

McDonald, the governor’s general counsel and a former Senate co-chairman of Judiciary, would be the first openly gay justice of the state’s highest court.

The only two of the panel’s members to vote no were two Republicans: Rep. Al Adinolfi of Cheshire and Sen. Michael McLachlan of Danbury.

McDonald would be the third justice without service as a judge of a lower court. The others are Ellen Ash Peters, the former chief justice, and Richard Palmer.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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