MassEquality Statement on Governor’s Councilor Charles Cipollini’s Remarks about Gov. Deval Patrick’s Supreme Judicial Court Appointments

BOSTON, APRIL 6, 2011—Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Governor’s Councilor Charles Cipollini’s Remarks in the Fall River Herald about Gov. Deval Patrick’s Supreme Judicial Court Appointments:

“All judges are people, and they all have a background that they bring to their service on the bench. Having admitted that he has not even reviewed Judge Barbara Lenk’s record, Cipollini’s suggestion that Gov. Deval Patrick’s nominees -- the first African-American Chief Justice, the first Asian-American Associate Justice, and the first open lesbian – are unable to be impartial and lack “family values” merely because of who they are is nonsensical and deeply offensive.

“By Councilor Cipollini’s logic, female judges should not rule on sex discrimination cases and African-American judges should not rule on race discrimination cases. This is absurd. The irony, of course, is that not a single openly gay judge participated in the 2003 SJC ruling granting marriage equality to same-sex couples.

“The only impartiality in question here is that of Councilor Cipollini. Gov. Patrick’s nominees to the SJC appropriately have reflected the Commonwealth that Court serves, and Cipollini is out of step with our Commonwealth’s principles valuing families, fair play and hard work.”