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D.C. rumour mill won’t let Kagan’s sexuality go

White house staff rebut claims that U.S. Supreme Court nominee is gay


As debate over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan heats up in Washington, her qualifications—and her sexuality—are on trial. Though observers expected rumours about the solicitor-general’s sexuality, which first began swirling in mid-April, when one-time Bush aide Ben Domenech, claimed on his CBS news blog that Obama might be considering Kagan to become the “first openly gay justice,” to fade, they seem to have done just the opposite. “If Kagan is practising immoral sexual behaviour, it reflects on her character as a judicial nominee and her personal bias as potentially one of the most important public officials in America,” said Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. The mostly online discussion has prompted Obama’s staff to refute claims that the unmarried 50-year-old woman is gay, reportedly telling media outlets that she is in fact straight. In the meantime, however, the open-minded moderate has gotten a boost from two Republican Senators—Susan Collins (Maine) and Scott Brown (Mass.)—both of whom have publicly stated their support for her.

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D.C. rumour mill won’t let Kagan’s sexuality go

  1. Kagan's sexual orientation is completely irrelevant to her competence as a Justice. If it's being considered, either as a reason to nominate her or as a reason not to, then that is very unfortunate.

  2. Are we taking bets yet for when and where we'll spot Peter LaBarbera with a gay prostitute?

  3. Yes.. when will this travesty stop? Why next they might appoint a black man.. or even a woma… what's that? They already have? You're kidding me. No.. that just can't be.. we'd be in anarchy and chaos if that was the case, surely… seriously? Huh.

    • What is your point?

  4. Since when did being a minority qualify ones nomination to the supreme court? This is all smoke n mirrors… She is not qualified. Period.

    • And your evidence to show that she is not qualified is…?

  5. I fail to see how sexual orientation is relevant to the job.
    Having at least a double digit IQ should be mandatory for politicians but this often does not appear to be the case.

  6. Peter LaBarbera said If Kagan is practising ''immoral" sexual behaviour….So is what he saying that if your gay, your Immoral ?? Just asking…

    • Apparently for LaBarbera, yeah.

  7. In 2010 is sexuality really a relevant criticism of a person's abilities? I'd be much more interested in Kagan's stand on corporate crime…

  8. The real question to be asked is "does it really matter?".

    • To Peter LaBarbera it does..Also today (May 17) is International Day Against Homophobia Day, probably going to be a hectic day for Mr. LaBarbera and his Anti Gay Group.