Sunday, April 25, 2010
According to the New York Times, President Obama is interviewing up to 10 possible choices to replace retiring US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and his top 3 include:
Solicitor General Elena Kagan
5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diane Wood
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland
Rounding out the group of 10, President Obama is also interviewing these 7:
Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm (D-MI)
Carlos R. Moreno, California Supreme Court
Sidney R. Thomas, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Ann Claire Williams, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears, Georgia Supreme Court
Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School
Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary
However, glaringly missing from President Obama’s shortlist of judicial favorites is Pamela Karlan and Kathleen Sullivan. What you might wonder, what do Karlan and Sullivan have in common? Both women are openly lesbian. A few of you may even recall I was on the team of bloggers pushing the Obama White House to select Kathleen Sullivan to fill the SCOTUS vacancy which ultimately went to Sonia Sotomayor.
While making such a momentousness choice as a SCOTUS Justice is the president’s to make and, in the case of Mr. Obama, I think and I believe his judgment is sound. However, President Obama referred to himself as the LGBT’s community’s “fiercest ally.” One way he could demonstrate this proclamation is to nominate the imminently qualified Pamela Karlan or Kathleen Sullivan to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. What more striking commitment to LGBT Americans than an openly gay or lesbian U.S. Supreme Court Justice?