It's a Queer Thing: Is Elena Kagan, Supreme Court Nominee, gay?
Inquiring minds wanna know. Rumor and innuendo on the Internet and in print claim she is. After all, she is middle age, never married, no kids, no real life outside of law. Obama emphatically states that she is not a lesbian, yet, when Elena is asked directly about it, she hides under the cover of it is an "inappropriate" question and fails to address. That action, to many Americans is a dodge, another way to silently claim and prep the public that she is a lesbian. How many times have you been asked a direct question, a yes or no type, and refuse to answer or redirect the answer by asking a question?
Elena's sexual preference in private may or may not impact her own opinion and vote when faced with a gay rights issue. It depends on her, how willing she is to stand for what is right. Some judges do push their own agenda in subtle ways by ruling for or against. Elena may be of such strong character that she will rule on the facts and law rather than her own biases and feelings. If she is gay, the gay community will celebrate it until a case comes forth that she may not agree with and vote against. They will then say she is a "traitor". The conservatives will no doubt will ask the question a again and if she continues to dodge it, more suspicion will be cast upon her.
There have been other gay supreme court justices who faced the same questions and simply addressed them, not dodged them. They went on to be impartial. At the worst, a judge can recuse themselves from a gay issue that faces the court or simply not vote if they feel otherwise.
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