Openly gay Barbara Lenk's appointment to Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court was confirmed May 4 in a 5-3 vote of the Governor's Council.
In a statement citing Lenk's "sharp intellect, vast experience and deep sense of humanity," Gov. Deval Patrick said she will be an "outstanding" justice.
Lenk is married to Debra Krup. Massachusetts was the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, in 2004.