Patrick Nominates First Openly Gay Justice To SJC

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Deval Patrick has tapped Barbara Lenk, who would be the first openly gay Supreme Judicial Court justice, to fill an open slot on Massachusetts’ highest court.

Patrick nominated Lenk, a state appellate court justice, on Monday.

In a statement, Patrick called Lenk a “brilliant and thoughtful jurist, with a deep sense of justice.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

Lenk was appointed to the Superior Court by former Gov. William Weld in 1993 and was named to the appeals court in 1995.

She was selected by Patrick to succeed Judith Cowin, who announced in January that she planned to retire this month.

All judicial nominations must be approved by the Governor’s Council.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Cynic

    Not surprizing.

    • Randy

      This is stupid. Gays make our society trash.

  • NickW

    Who cares if she is gay. Is she qualified is the real issue. Why in the world do people focus on stupid stuff. Will she FOLLOW the constitution vs her personal thoughts? This I doubt.

    • Ron

      It may be relevant. I can’t help but wonder if the Novelty Effect is why she was picked in the first place. “Ooooh, wouldn’t it be neat-o if the next justice was (Insert Minority Group)? Then we can make HISTORY.”

      Something similar happened w/ voters in 2008, who’s to say Patrick is any different?

      • Thomas Hood

        If she was a novelty I’d agree. She’s only one of many State Supreme Court appointee/electees who are gay. Not exactly ground-breaking any more…

  • timma

    now all we need is a few illegals, muslims, and asians and he should have all the votes covered

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