This isn’t about Kagan’s sexuality, it’s about her potential honesty. This isn’t about one picture of a woman playing softball, it’s about her truthfulness.
But Kagan could end all of this by speaking up.
Christine Pelosi’s post is actually laughable. This has nothing to do with being a woman. Being closeted or just being good at softball has nothing to do with the struggles real women have been through or the problems that closeted gay people have made for everyday gay Americans fighting to be treated equally. It’s actually offensive to women and to gays to minimize this issue. This could in fact be about being closeted and ashamed of you who are. It is a fact that we know all too well that closeted people cause great damage to themselves and to the issues they espouse. Andrew Sullivan is brave for talking about it. While I don’t agree with everything Andrew says, he is right to raise this issue. The Nancy/Christine Pelosi history of ignoring gay issues in favor of using gay issues to stay in power is sad.
While it may be noble to say that someone’s sexuality doesn’t matter, and I agree, it is dishonorable to be closeted and crippled with shame about who you are. Kagan could easily end this speculation by saying “I am straight.” But she hasn’t. And the simple fact is that the rumors have been around for years that she is gay. This isn’t a new issue for Kagan. She is choosing to ignore these rumors for some reason…but she shouldn’t.
If Kagan was out then this wouldn’t be an issue. Or at least I would be writing to say that being out and comfortable and honest shouldn’t be an issue. If she is gay and she’s closeted then this should be a huge issue. We should expect honesty from our leaders and then judge their policies.