Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Answers "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Questions

By GLAAD |
June 29, 2010

During this morning's Senate confirmation hearings Supreme Court nominee Elena answered questions about her decision while dean of Harvard Law School, to limit military recruiters' access to the campus because of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. Both the Associated Press and ABC News covered the comments. Kagan told Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): "We were trying to make sure that military recruiters had full and complete access to our students, and we were also trying to protect our anti-discriminatory policy. So we were trying to do both of those things."

Kagan went on to voice her opinion on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the law that bars gay and lesbian people from serving openly in the United States Armed Forces.  "I have repeatedly said I believe don't ask don't tell is unwise and unjust," she told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As the Associated Press reported:

Kagan repeated before the Senate Judiciary Committee her opposition to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and said she subsequently eased the policy at the request of the Department of Defense.

Kagan said that as dean of the law school, she never totally cut off military recruiters’ access to students, but rather encouraged military veterans’ organizations, rather than the school, to sponsor these efforts.

“I said on many occasions that this (military service) was a great thing for our students to think about doing in their lives,” she told the Alabama senator. Kagan said that Harvard had a strict anti-discriminatory policy, “and the military could not sign that pledge.”

As Senate confirmation hearings continue for Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, we'll continue to keep you updated on LGBT topics that may arise during the sessions and analyze how the mainstream media covers them.

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