"[Kagan's] sexual orientation is the subject of much discussion in blogs and mainstream newspapers. The White House response denied Ms. Kagan is a lesbian. Instead, shouldn't the White House have denounced the speculation and conveyed that such inquiries are improper? By denying she is lesbian instead of denouncing the inquiry, the White House is implicitly stating sexual orientation is a legitimate issue of discussion in the confirmation process." —Former New York mayor Ed Koch, in a Huffington Post column Tuesday. Koch hasn't taken kindly to questions about his own sexual orientation in the past. [HuffPo]
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