The Hawaii Senate on Wednesday confirmed Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie's choice for the state's Supreme Court, Sabrina McKenna, who is openly lesbian, the Star Advertiser reported.

Senators unanimously approved her 10-year appointment to the high court.

“I feel like I'm living a dream, an American dream, that it is possible to come from humble beginnings and achieve the highest heights,” McKenna said.

“I'm just honored to be here,” she added.

McKenna is Governor Abercrombie's first judicial appointment since taking office.

“I'm completely confident that Judge McKenna's appointment will be something I'm proud of for the rest of my life,” Abercrombie said in a statement.

The 53-year-old McKenna, who is raising three children with her partner Denise Yamashiro, earlier spoke to the media about her sexuality.

“I think the reason I am willing to have this interview is that I want the young people to know that it doesn't matter who you are,” she said. “All of us who are not part of the mainstream go through the feelings of discrimination, the realities of discrimination.”