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Monday, May 10, 2010
Obama Nominates First Lesbian To Supreme Court
President Barack Obama will nominate the first lesbian (though still closeted) to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the future vacancy of retiring Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, the nation's current Solicitor General, Elena Kennedy. The White House offered a big pushback to stories recently that primarily ran on liberal online blogs such as CBS News and the Huffington Post that she is a lesbian based on talk among her former colleagues at Harvard where she was a law professor for many years. She is decidedly liberal in her views and will likely generate little support among Republican senators as was the case during her nomination vote for Solicitor General. I would point out, though, that she was viewed favorably among conservatives at Harvard when she served as dean there. She spoke out vehemently at Harvard against the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy of kicking out of the military persons who are identified as living gay lifestyles. She once worked on President Bill Clinton's White House staff as a domestic adviser and attorney. She earned her undergraduate degree at Princeton and her law degree at Harvard. Sorry to the rest of you attorneys out there who aspire to the Supreme Court. Only graduates of Harvard and Yale now qualify to serve on the Supreme Court. Kagan clerked for former Associate Thurgood Marshall and Court of Appeals Judge Abner Mikva of Chicago, both liberals. The 50-year-old, who will become the youngest member of the court if she is confirmed, is not married.
UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic Monthly has his take on whether she will address the issue of her sexual orientation, noting she doesn't hide the fact that she's Jewish. As an observation, if she is confirmed, that will make three Jews and six Catholics on the court. There will be no Protestants on the court for the first time in the nation's history, which is kind of odd since there are more Protestants than any other religious affiliation.
UPDATE: The Gawker does an analysis of Kagan's life to conclude she is a lesbian. It's humorous and inciteful at the same time in offering ten reasons why she is a lesbian. They are:
1. Her haircut.
2. Never been married.
3. Opposed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
4. She played softball at the University of Chicago.
5. She wears plaid
6. Andrew Sullivans says she's gay.
7. She's never denied the rumors she's gay.
8. Obama digs lesbian judges because two other lesbians were on his short list of candidates.
9. The gay establishment is suspiciously quiet on her appointment.
10. CBS News reported it.
The Gawker considers contrary evidence, including CBS News' retraction of its original blog post on the subject, her opposition to same-sex marriage and Obama's desire not to have this nomination end badly. "Between the hair, the softball, the "open secret" at Harvard, the purported partner, and the Andrew Sullivan outing, I'm going to go ahead and guess she's gay," concludes the Gawker.