Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Legacy of Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst

December 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Carolyn Ladd

After 17 years serving on the Washington Supreme Court, Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst is retiring to focus on her health. Her legacy on the court is that of getting it right on the law and also showing care, concern and compassion for marginalized people.

Defending the LGBTQ Community

The Supreme Court held in Andersen v. King County that “the solid body of constitutional law disfavors the conclusion that there is a right to marry a person of the same sex.”1 A plurality upheld the state’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that limited marriage to a union between a man and a woman.2 The...

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