Elena Kagan Nominated to United States Supreme Court

President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court, The New York Times confirmed.

 Kagan is set to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

As reported by The Times this morning:

“At a ceremony with her at his side in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama called Ms. Kagan, the first woman to serve as solicitor general and as dean of the Harvard Law School, a ‘trailblazing leader’ and ‘consensus builder’ known for ‘her openness to a wide range of viewpoints.’

“’She believes, as I do, that exposure to a broad array of perspectives is the foundation not just for a sound legal education but of a successful life in the law,’ said the president, who was also joined by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. He emphasized that Ms. Kagan grasps the law’s tangible impact: ‘That understanding of law, not as an intellectual exercise or words on a page, but as it affects the lives of ordinary people, has animated every step of Elena’s career,’ he said.”

In a statement released today, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese praised Kagan’s “commitment to protecting the liberty and equality of all Americans, including LGBT Americans.”

HRC goes on to stress the importance of this particular nomination and the impact it may have on LGBT lives:

“Issues that are critical to the LGBT community may reach the Supreme Court in the next few years, including issues related to marriage equality, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the new federal hate crimes law.    When issues like these come to the Supreme Court, it is vital that we have fair-minded judges to rule on these cases.”

If Kagan is confirmed, it will be the first time in history that three female justices serve simultaneously.

GLAAD will continue to follow the media’s coverage of Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. Updates can be found on GLAADblog.org