BOSTON, APRIL 4, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Gov. Deval Patrick’s nomination of Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court:
“Judge Lenk’s appointment would shatter the glass ceiling in Massachusetts around the appointment of openly LGBT attorneys to the state’s highest court. The bench should reflect the community that it serves. It’s undeniable that the existence of openly LGBT attorneys and judges influences debate on the legal issues that impact our lives.