Top Republicans Uneasy About A Gay Supreme Court Nominee
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), a former Texas Supreme Court justice, says he’s open to the idea of a gay justice, but, “I’d have to think about that. As long as it doesn’t interfere with their job, it’s not a particular issue.”
Two potential gay nominees who were mentioned when Justice David Souter resigned were former Stanford Law Dean Kathleen Sullivan (pictured, left) and Stanford law Professor Pam Karlan (right).
Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions of Alabama said Republicans “don’t play identity politics” and that he was open to a gay nominee initially, but then backtracked.
SESSIONS: Well, I think that would be a big concern that the American people might feel — might feel uneasy about that. It is a matter for the president to decide.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota said a gay nominee would be “a bridge too far” when Souter resigned.
“I know the administration is being pushed, but I think it would be a bridge too far right now,” said GOP Chief Deputy Whip John Thune. “It seems to me this first pick is going to be a kind of important one, and my hope is that he’ll play it a little more down the middle. A lot of people would react very negatively.”Click here for reuse options!
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