Kagan’s Not Gay, Friends Say

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Elena Kagan’s close friends are starting to talk to reporters about the rumors that the Supreme Court nominee is a lesbian. The verdict? She’s not. Politico’s Ben Smith interviewed Kagan’s law school roommate, who told him:

“I’ve known her for most of her adult life and I know she’s straight,” said Sarah Walzer, Kagan’s roommate in law school and a close friend since then. “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.”

Other friends coming forward to speak on the record about Kagan included former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who went to college with Kagan. He told Politico, “I did not go out with her but other guys did.” Clearly the White House is hoping that such endorsements testimonials will finally put the rumors to rest. At least it seems to have settled the issue for Andrew Sullivan. Whether the homophobes in the religious right will be satisfied remains to be seen.

 

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