Shafer joins the party:

The reason I advocate the nomination of a qualified homosexual is this: Only by sending one through the meat grinder of Senate confirmationas we have with Catholics, Jews, blacks, women, and a Latina before themcan we begin to purge identity politics from the court. (Yeah, we're probably still in a time when there must be "black" and "female" seats on the court, but give it time.) By nominating a qualified gay to the court, the president would create an environment in whicheventually, I hopea nominee's sexual orientation is given the same shrug we give nominees' religion, gender, race, or state of residence, and the nation will be better for it.

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