Jane Morrison sworn in as Fulton County State Court Judge
Jane Morrison was sworn in as Fulton County State Court Judge on Jan. 4, making her one of the first openly gay judges in Georgia and the Southeast.
Morrison’s partner is Joan Garner, who was elected as the first openly gay Fulton County Commissioner in 2010.
Morrison was sworn in by Fulton County Probate Court Judge Pinkie Toomer. Witnessing the historic event, in addition to Garner, were Morrison’s mother, father and two sisters, who live in Maine. Also attending the ceremony were several elected officials; Fulton County Superior Court Chief Judge Cynthia Wright, who is also an out lesbian; and many Atlanta LGBT activists.
After being sworn in, Morrison received a standing ovation from the packed courtroom on the third floor of the Fulton County Courthouse and then a big hug and kiss from Garner.
Morrison served as the Sandy Springs Assistant Solicitor and was elected as Fulton County State Judge in July.
Morrison thanked her family for teaching her the values to allow her to live her live “honestly, openly and with an appreciation of others.”
“This is a day in my life I did not expect. A day I would not have predicted when I started my legal career,” she said.
“I went to law school and became a lawyer because i wanted to be more involved, to have something, and more importantly, some way to contribute and take part in our shared society,” she added.
Morrison also thanked her partner of more than 11 years.
“I want to thank my partner, Commissioner Joan Garner … for all her support and for inspiring me through her own public service to step up and take public office as a way to give and support and share with our community,” she said.
Fulton County State Court Judge Jane Morrison was sworn in Jan. 4. Her partner is Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner. ( Photos by Dyana Bagby)