The Wall Street Journal was attacked for using a image of Miss Kagan, who was nominated for the top court by President Barack Obama this week, holding a bat during her time as a teacher at the University of Chicago. Critics have claimed the sport is regarded as a "lesbian" pastime in the minds of many Americans and the picture was used to allude to rumours about her sexuality. John Wright, of gay newspaper Dallas Voicetold Politico: "Personally I think the newspaper, which happens to have the largest circulation of any in the US, might as well have gone with a headline that said, 'Lesbian or switch-hitter?
She definitely dated when she was in D. The rumor about Kagan has circulated for months on gay blogs and became a matter of controversy when it was cited as fact by a conservative blogger on the website of CBS News, drawing a sharp White House rebuttal. It has, since, been a source of particular fascination in some socially conservative circles and particularly among gay and lesbian political observers, some of whom objected volubly Tuesday to a Wall Street Journal cover image of Kagan playing softball, which they perceived as a jab at a stereotype of lesbians.
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She is the fourth woman to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Kagan was born and raised in New York City. Circuitwhich expired without action, she became a professor at Harvard Law School and was later named its first female dean. President Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy arising from the impending retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.
By Lisa Keen. But it could hardly be described as a standing ovation. If confirmed, Kagan would become only the fourth woman ever named to the court out of justices in the history of the court.
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Her sexual orientation, however, is another story. So Is her staunch support of gay rights. Because Elena Kagan has not married, has not had children, and has done so well professionally, her story does not fit the usual narrative for women although it does describe the life choices of a growing percentage of American women.
Leading gay rights group are accusing Republicans of trying to rile up their conservative base by launching a whisper campaign against potential Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan -- suggesting the current Solicitor General is a closeted lesbian even though she's not. In its first entree into the upcoming Supreme Court nomination process, the group Human Rights Campaign blasted the increasingly public discussion of Kagan's sexuality, calling it a play "straight out the right-wing playbook. And the bottom line is, it doesn't matter and it shouldn't matter," she said. And I think it could certainly be used, or be perceived to be used by some as a way to discredit [Kagan], even though we all know that it does not matter and it should not matter.
For Sullivan and AFTAH, the rumor was an opening to expand the fight for or against gay rights into uncharted and influential territory: the Supreme Court nomination process. Kagan herself has never said she is gay, or not. But would it?