The Massachusetts Governor's Council has confirmed Governor Deval Patrick's pick for the state's Supreme Judicial Court, Barbara Lenk, The Boston Globe reported.

The 60-year-old Lenk, a veteran Appeals Court judge, becomes the first openly gay judge to serve on the state's highest court.

The council confirmed Lenk with a 5-3 vote on Wednesday.

Lenk also makes history as the first justice able to marry her spouse as a result of the court's groundbreaking 2003 ruling that brought gay marriage to Massachusetts the following year, making it the first state in the nation to do so.

Social conservatives opposed Lenk's appointment to the SJC, arguing that it would lead to a greater number of children being indoctrinated into the “homosexual lifestyle.”

Former Governor William Weld appointed Lenk to the Superior Court in 1993. Two years later, Weld appointed her to the Appeals Court.

A native of New York, Lenk holds a doctorate in political philosophy from Yale University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School in 1979.

Lenk succeeds retiring Associate Justice Judith A. Cowin, whose last day on the court was Tuesday, April 5.