The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’ largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today hailed President Obama’ selection of United States Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the nominee for the opening on the United States Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens.
“We applaud President Obama for choosing Elena Kagan to become our nation’ next U.S. Supreme Court Justice,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “The U.S. Supreme Court decides cases that intimately affect the lives of all Americans. We are confident that Elena Kagan has a demonstrated understanding and commitment to protecting the liberty and equality of all Americans, including LGBT Americans.”
“This action causes me deep distress, as I know it does a great many others,” she wrote. “I abhor the military’ discriminatory recruitment policy. The importance of the military to our society-and the extraordinary service that members of the military provide to all the rest of us – makes this discrimination more, not less, repugnant.”
Kagan further describes Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell as a “profound wrong-a moral injustice of the first order,” but she herself has faced persistent speculation over her sexual orientation. The White House dismissed Ben Domenech’ assertion last month Kagan’ nomination would have pleased the president’ base because she would have been the “first openly gay justice.”