Jane Mor­ri­son sworn in as Ful­ton County State Court Judge

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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)

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