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04/19/2007


Senate Judiciary Panel Approves Sotomayor for Supreme Court

In a 13-6 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court, the WaPo reports:

Sotomayor "The 13 to 6 vote came nearly two weeks after the committee's members grilled Sotomayor for 2 ½ days, eliciting answers that betrayed little indication of how the nominee, an appellate judge for the past 11 years, would rule on the most significant issues that come before the nation's highest court. Sotomayor is President Obama's first nominee to the Supreme Court and would become the court's first Hispanic and its third female member...This morning's vote was as notable for its sharp polarization between the political parties as it was for its lack of drama. All the members had announced in advance how they intended to vote. Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), a conservative, was the only Republican to join the committee's dozen Democrats in supporting Sotomayor. Two of the veteran GOP senators who voted against her, Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Orin Hatch (Utah), have never before opposed a Supreme Court nominee."

Sotomayor's confirmation now goes to the full Senate for a final vote.

Watch a clip of Senator Al Franken's statement before the vote and an interview with Senator Grassley about his and Lindsey Graham's votes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Senator Sessions Says He'll Do Crack Cocaine at Sotomayor Hearings

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Senator Jeff Sessions announces his intentions to do crack cocaine during the Sotomayor hearings.

The AP explains: "The top Republican at Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court hearing was talking about trying to schedule a Judiciary Committee hearing on the disparity between the sentencing of powder cocaine abusers and crack cocaine users."

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Sotomayor: I'd Approach Same-Sex Marriage Issue 'With Open Mind'

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The issue of same-sex marriage came up again in this morning's Senate hearings on the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. It came up yesterday in a question from Senator Charles Grassley regarding the case Baker v. Nelson.

This morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked Sotomayor if she understands there is a public policy exception in the 'full faith and credit clause' which affects how states differ in the way they treat marriage. Says Graham: "The reason these speeches matter and the reasons elections matter is because people now understand the role of the court in modern society when it comes to social change."

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) asked, "If the Supreme Court in the next few years holds that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, would that be making the law or interpreting the law?" 

Sotomayor replies that Cornyn's question is basically a set-up and says that she would come to the issue with a completely open mind.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

(clips via hrcbackstory) HRC reports that several witnesses with anti-LGBT positions are slated for today's hearing.

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Same-Sex Marriage Raised in Sotomayor Hearings

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor refused comment  on a question related to same-sex marriage today from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) because she said her answer might influence one of the many related marriage suits currently in the courts.

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The L.A. Times reports: "The subject was raised indirectly by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa). Grassley did not mention same-sex marriage directly, but that was the implication when he asked Sonia Sotomayor about a court ruling that said Minnesota could deny a marriage license to two men. Did she agree, he asked, that the case, Baker vs. Nelson, reserved the question of marriage to the states? In Baker, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that two men could be denied a marriage license because Minnesota law limited marriage to men and women. As she has with other topics, Sotomayor said she couldn’t comment because questions about marriage are pending in many courts and might reach the Supreme Court."

Grassley pressed her on the fact that it was precedent and that she had commented on Roe v. Wade as precedent. Sotomayor said she'd review the Baker case and return with comment tomorrow.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #510

ANTARCTICA: A year on ice.

SONIA SOTOMAYOR: She's a terrorist!

DEADLINE: a Post-It stop-motion masterwork.

KELLY CLARKSON: Performs her latest track "Already Gone" on Letterman.

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #509: Sonia Sotomayor Edition

Highlights from the past couple days of testimony.

OPENING STATEMENT: "So help me God."

ABORTION: "Roe v. Wade is settled law."

ROE V. WADE: "Do you believe the Constitution is a living, breathing, evolving document?"

RACE AND GENDER: Does it affect her as a judge?

LINDSEY GRAHAM: The South Carolina senator's rather offensive questioning of Sotomayor's "temperament."

WISE LATINA: "Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain my remarks. No words I have ever spoken or written have received so much attention."



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