By Hilary White

BOSTON, June 11, 2008 ( – Despite an official vote by the Governor’s Council against the move, the Governor of Massachusets has appointed a radical lesbian activist attorney to the judiciary. Maureen Monks is about to become the newest judge of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. Governor Deval Patrick ignored the official vote by the Council and announced he will swear her in.

Monks is the former co-chair and founding member of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA). She is on the board of directors of the far-left Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and is pro bono counsel for Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD).

“Maureen will be a phenomenal addition to the bench. MLGBA is very proud to call her a member and a friend,” fellow Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association member David Eppley told the homosexual newspaper Bay Windows.

Governor’s Councilor Mary-Ellen Manning said, however, that the Council had concerns about Monks’ “attempts at hiding her agenda”.

Manning said the Councilors “needed to overcome embellishments” in Monks’ resume. But even more damning, she said, is “an intentional omission from her resume – teaching same-sex marriage concepts to high school students”.

Manning said that Monks lied to the Council about the numbers of men compared to women whom she has represented in divorce cases. Monks told the Council that she had represented 65 per cent women and 35 per cent men in those cases. Manning said, “A review of the scheduled appearances at the relevant counties revealed quite a different ratio. With dozens of appearances in the last eight years, she has represented only one man in a divorce. In her Governor’s Council questionnaire, she stated that she has ‘represented hundreds of women and men and divorce.’ No doubt she has represented hundreds of women – as for the men?”

“The past can be a predictor of the future,” concluded Manning. “We cannot allow a nominee who embroiders her resume and misleads this Council with inaccurate statistics to sit on the bench where the stakes are so high. It is not my impression, and I daresay it would not be the public’s perception given these facts, that Attorney Monk will be evenhanded in her application of the law.”


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