[ 2006-05-24 08:18 ]
请看外电相关报道：Gay and lesbian parents in Oklahoma can now breathe a collective sigh of relief because their relationships with their children are no longer threatened by the state of Oklahoma.
A US federal judge struck down a 2-year-old law that prohibits Oklahoma from recognizing adoptions by same-sex couples from other states and countries. It was another triumph for the Gay-rights organization Lambda Legal to have gained a nod from thebench.
报道中的bench不再是我们日常所见的“无靠背长凳”，它在这里代指“法官”。Bench原用来形容the seat for judges in a courtroom（法官席），就像bar（法庭上把律师或被告席位隔开来的围栏）可以引申为“律师”一样，bench（法官席）后来逐渐借指“法官；法官官衔”。
例如：the full bench of the Supreme Court（最高法院的全体法官）
The mother was so excited after hearing the news that his son had been appointed to the bench.（听到儿子当上了法官，母亲激动不已。）
A weak bench hurt their chances for the championship.（他们因后备运动员力量不足而失去了夺冠的机会。）
The player was benched for failing to follow the rules.（这名选手因不遵守规则而被责令罚下场。）