Elena Kagan: Is She Straight or Gay? And Why Does This Matter?

Filed in Gather News Channel by on May 13, 2010 0 Comments

Ever since Obama tapped Elena Kagan as the nominee for the Supreme Court, speculation has gone off the charts trying to figure out her sexual orientation.  Therefore, it should come as no surprise that people are coming out of the woodwork to put in their two cents regarding the matter which is plaguing the minds of Americans across the USA.

Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend of hers, made a statemtn to Politico, saying ““I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight.  She dated men when we were in law school, we talked about men — who in our class was cute, who she would like to date, all of those things. She definitely dated when she was in D.C. after law school, when she was in Chicago – and she just didn’t find the right person.”

Admittedly, it is rather uncouth to be discussing the personal life of a friend to the nation, but Walzer apparently only agreed to the interview after Kagan supporters expressed wishes to put an end to the rumor.

So why does it matter whether or not Elena Kagan is a lesbian or not?  And would it make a difference if – say – she was a male?

While I fully believe in the sanctity of someone’s privacy regarding their sexual orientation, I do understand why people are curious.  For people who don’t agree with homosexuality, chances are they wouldn’t want someone with a sexual orientation that doesn’t agree with them.  For others who agree with it, they would look forward to having someone on “their side”.  But for most of us, it doesn’t matter.  The ability to do the job doesn’t rest on whether or not she’s a lesbian, which is something that most people understand.

To be honest, I am curious, but not because I have doubts whether she can do the job.  I’m just curious because it’s human nature to wonder and speculate.  And with Elena Kagan, the speculation has only just begun.

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