HERE we go again. For the second time in a year, a childless, unmarried woman in her 50s has been nominated to be a justice on the Supreme Court and the critics have come out swinging. It all sounds eerily like when Sonia Sotomayor, who is 55 and single after a brief marriage when she was younger, was appointed to the Supreme Court last August and had to deflect suggestions that she treated colleagues and close friends like an extended family because she had no children of her own. She said she got a phone call last week from a reporter questioning whether Ms. Kagan was equipped to rule on workplace issues considering that she had never had children.
Elena Kagan's sexual orientation has been a topic of much debate and little factual information. Harvard Law Review named Kagan as a lesbian, but she has never made a public statement about her status, nor has her private life been open to scrutiny. In a May 11, interview in Politico, Kagan's former law school roommate, Sarah Walzer, told journalist Ben Smith that Kagan is definitely a heterosexual. According to Walzer, "I've known her for most of her adult life and I know she's straight
Elena Kagan 'outed' as lesbian by Wall Street Journal softball picture
But few people are talking about her qualifications. They only want to know if she's into the ladies. Let's look at the facts, shall we? She's never served as a judge before, which means she doesn't have a judicial record to consider.
She is the fourth woman to serve as a Justice of the Supreme Court. Kagan was born and raised in New York City. Circuit , which expired without action, she became a professor at Harvard Law School and was later named its first female dean.