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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:46 PM
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Lesbian Judge Chosen for Top Massachusetts Court
Source: The New York Times

BOSTON Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday nominated a lesbian who is married to her partner to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

The nominee, Barbara A. Lenk, is the longest-serving justice on the states Court of Appeals. If confirmed, she would be the first openly gay member of the states highest court, which was the first in the nation to rule same-sex marriage legal in 2003.

Mr. Patrick, a Democrat who recently appointed the courts first Asian-American justice and black chief justice, said it was a nice coincidence that Justice Lenk was another history-making choice.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/us/05patrick.html
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jaxx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 07:54 PM
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1. Sounds like she is a fine appointee.
Good job Gov. Patrick.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:09 PM
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2. won`t it be nice when we don`t care who she loves.....
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 08:23 PM
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3. When the first word of the headline describes her sexual orientation, there's something wrong.
That kind of information belongs in the third or fourth paragraph, after her academic credentials and career accomplishments. (If it belongs anywhere at all.)
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:18 PM
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4. well there've never been any openly gay people in her position
"If confirmed, she would be the first openly gay member of the states highest court, which was the first in the nation to rule same-sex marriage legal in 2003."
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yngdip Donating Member (33 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 10:19 PM
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6. Exactly what I was thinking
but the fact that this happened and is news means we are one step closer to a world in which no one cares about it.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:26 PM
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5. Congratulations -- especially to all who battled for these civil rights for GLBT ... !!!
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 11:04 PM
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7. As long as she recuses herself from GLBT-related cases.
After all, only straight people should decide if gay people get rights. Just ask the GOP.


:eyes:




I await the inevitable Wrath of God on the state for openly defying God's Will. Annnnnny year now.
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intaglio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 05:18 AM
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8. What has her sexuality to do with anything?
It has no bearing upon her abilities as a Justice or her morality or her ability to serve. Would the paper also have this headline at other times?

Heterosexual Judge Chosen for Top Massachusetts Court


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RedCloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 12:45 PM
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10. Apparently some pots need constant, albeit unnecessary, stirring.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-05-11 07:11 AM
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9. Awesome. nt
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