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Mass. Judicial Nominee Lenk Bombarded With Antigay Questioning

Mass. Judicial Nominee Lenk Bombarded With Antigay Questioning

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Barbara A. Lenk, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's nominee to fill an open seat on the Supreme Judicial Court, spent much of Wednesday defending herself against accusations that she's an immoral participant in a plan to convert children into homosexuals.

Lenk, an appellate judge, would be the first openly gay member of the state's highest court. Lenk and her partner were married after the SJC's landmark ruling legalizing marriage between same-sex couples.

During her confirmation hearing before the Governor's Council, critics accused Lenk of trying to spread a homosexual agenda.

"This will be a clarion call to all that want to indoctrinate our children into homosexuality," Sally Naumann testified, according to the Boston Globe. "How will we ever be able to say no to our children?"

She was also attacked by members of the Fatherhood Coalition, who argued that Lenk shows bias against shared parenting.

According to the Globe, "at least three members of the Governor's Council objected to critics who focused on Lenk's sexual orientation, telling them they will not be swayed by that issue when they vote."

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