MassEquality Statement on Governor’s Council Hearing on Supreme Judicial Court Nominee Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk

BOSTON, APRIL 27, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Council Hearing On Supreme Judicial Court Nominee Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk:

“The responsibility of the Governor’s Council is to consider Judge Lenk’s nomination on her qualifications, and nothing else. We were heartened to hear councilors reject suggestions that Lenk could not be impartial on the court simply because of her sexual orientation that were offered in testimony by radical anti-LGBT activists. As Judge Lenk’s testimony, and that of her witnesses clearly showed, Judge Lenk embodies the highest ethics, integrity, qualifications, and experience required of a Supreme Judicial Court justice, and we look forward to her receiving the support of the Council.”