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I have an extremely cool mom

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has nominated an appellate judge from my home town of Carlisle, Barbara Lenk, to fill an open seat on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This is the same court whose decision in Goodridge vs. Department of Public Health first legalized same-sex marriage in the United States.

The nomination has caused a bit of a kerfluffle, since Lenk happens to be a lesbian. In fact, if confirmed, she would be the first openly gay justice on the SJC. She also is married, having wed her partner after the Goodridge decision took effect. Sadly but unsurprisingly, that led to some unpleasant testimony at her confirmation hearings, including this bit from another Carlisle resident:
"This will be a clarion call to all that want to indoctrinate our children into homosexuality," testified Sally Naumann, who, like Lenk, lives in Carlisle. "How will we ever be able to say no to our children?"
In reply to that article, my mom, who still lives in Carlisle, wrote the following letter to the editor of the Boston Globe:
IN YOUR April 29 editorial "Decision on Lenk should focus on her record, not her sexuality," you write that Sally Naumann testified before the Governor’s Council that Judge Barbara Lenk’s nomination to the state Supreme Judicial Court would be "a clarion call to all that want to indoctrinate our children into homosexuality." I have lived in Carlisle for 50 years, and known Naumann for most of that time. Our sons went to school together. Never have any of my gay friends, co-workers, and neighbors tried to indoctrinate me or my sons into homosexuality. They have been too busy living active, fruitful lives contributing to our town, state, and country.
And that is one of the reasons why I have an extremely cool mom.