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Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Elena Kagan


Full Senate to vote in early August:

"Democratic and Republican senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. The lone maverick was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted to confirm Kagan because, he said, she is smart, well-qualified and of good character. 'But yes, she's liberal,' he said, and paused. 'Sort of expected that, actually.' Kagan won a 13-6 vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the next to last stop on her way to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court."

Watch: Elena Kagan Asked About Gay Marriage


Senator Chuck Grassley asks Kagan if marriage is a question reserved for states to decide. She also gets an odd question from Senator Lindsey Graham.

Answers, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Senator Asks Elena Kagan to Comment on the Famous 'Edward vs. Jacob' Twilight Case


Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): "I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward vs. Jacob, or, the vampire vs. the werewolf."

Kagan: "I wish you wouldn't."


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News: Ljubljana, Rainbow Flag, Cheyenne Jackson, St. Petersburg

Road Carrie Prejean to get opposite married.

RoadSenator Byrd to lie in repose in Senate chamber.

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RoadGordon Ramsey checks out some male ham hocks in St. Tropez.

RoadTwo injured in shooting during vigil for man shot to death at SF Gay Pride.

RoadFlorida State University expands non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

RoadJennifer Love Hewitt has a thing for Brent Corrigan.

RoadThree men charged with conspiracy in killing of Robert Wone found not guilty: "No one has yet been charged with the murder of Wone, the former general counsel of Radio Free Asia who was stabbed three times in the chest on the evening of Aug. 2, 2006 in a Dupont Circle townhouse. And on Tuesday, a Washington, D.C., judge found the three men charged with conspiracy not guilty on all counts. Click here for the WaPo article; here for coverage from the Who Murdered Robert Wone? blog; here for previous LB coverage of the Wone situation. Prosecutors had accused Joseph R. Price, 39, Victor J. Zaborsky, 44, and Dylan M. Ward, 39, of covering up the slaying of Wone in the trio’s Dupont Circle home...Attorneys for Price, Ward and Zaborsky, who were arrested in 2008 and later released on their own recognizance, say they were unfairly targeted because they are gay."

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RoadCheyenne Jackson will have an episode arc on the eighth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

ActivistRoadFour gay activists detained at St. Petersburg, Russia rally: "St. Petersburg police detained at least four gay activists on Saturday during a rally at the Hermitage Museum, a police spokesman said. About two dozen gay and lesbian activists gathered in the tourist-packed courtyard of one of the world's most famous museums carrying banners and chanting 'Homophobia is the country's shame.' Although the rally was not publicly announced, a small group of ultraright activists came to the square attempting to attack the protesters, local media reported, adding that four or five of them were detained."

RoadReligious right launches fax campaign against Elena Kagan.

RoadMeet Grandpa Gaga.

RoadMiley Cyrus: Like vs. You Know.

RoadGay gift shop in Portland, Maine has Pride flag torn down: "We wanted to hang a pride flag out above our sign, and we put it out on Saturday and Monday night it was ripped down. They ripped the flagpole, everything, down. They took the whole thing. It's kind of disappointing going into Pride (Week), and we'd like to think we can put things out in support and not have them destroyed."

RoadCaroline Manzo and Kim Zolciak trash Danielle Staub's lesbian leanings.

Shark RoadTuna fisherman catch Great White off the coast of Massachusetts.

RoadDelhi Gay Pride parade postponed for cooler weather.

RoadSlovenian gay bar bombed: "Unknown perpetrators attacked last week a Ljubljana bar popular with the gay community with Molotov cocktails. The bar as well as the house of a judge who sentenced in March three men to prison for a 2009 assault on a gay activist were also sprayed with homophobic graffiti."

RoadSteve Carell punching out at The Office.

RoadBP slick reached Mississippi while Haley Barbour was fundraising in Washington: "Continuing his record of dismissing the magnitude of the BP disaster, Barbour said on Friday after he returned to Mississippi that major slicks miles long within the Mississippi Sound 'shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.' By Saturday, there were 'long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands.'"

Kagan: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy is 'Unwise and Unjust'


Senator Jeff Sessions, as predicted, aggressively went after Elena Kagan and her position, while Dean at Harvard, opposing military recruiters because allowing them went against the school's non-discrimination policy.

Sessions started out with Kagan and DADT.

Said Kagan: "Senator Sessions I have repeatedly said that I believe that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is unwise and unjust. I believed it then and I believe it now. And we were trying to do two things. We were trying to make sure that military recruiters had full and complete access to our students, but we were also trying to protect our own anti-discrimination policy, and to protect the students whom the policy is supposed to protect, which in this case were our gay and lesbian students."

Later, Sessions got into the military recruiting issue.

Said Kagan: "I'm confident that the military had access to our students and students had access to our military throughout my deanship, and that's incredibly important. [The only issue was that the recruiting was done through a campus veterans' organization, rather than through the school's Office of Career Services.]  This was a balance for the law school. On the one hand, we wanted to make absolutely sure our students had access to the military at all times, but we did have a very longstanding, going back to the 1970s, antidiscrimination policy."

Sessions later accused Kagan of "punishing the military."

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Watch Now: Elena Kagan SCOTUS Nomination Hearings


Confirmation hearings on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination have begun.

You can watch them online AFTER THE JUMP....

"The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up the nomination of Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Judiciary Committee members and Elena Kagan will make opening statements and move to the question and answer session beginning Tuesday. She will be introduced by Massachusetts Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Scott Brown (R-MA). The committee plans four days of hearings with the questioning of the nominee Tuesday and Wednesday and outside witnesses on Thursday. If confirmed, Elena Kagan will replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the Court."

If confirmed, Kagan would be the fourth woman to serve on the court, and it would mark the first time that three women have served simultaneously.

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