August 5, 2010 | by Chris Johnson
Kagan confimed to the Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Elena Kagan as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 63-37.

Five Republicans voted in favor of her confirmation, while one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, voted against her.

In a statement, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, commended the Senate for confirming Kagan.

“She has demonstrated an understanding of the need for equality for all Americans and her record indicates she may be more familiar with how laws and policies affect the LGBT community than any previously confirmed Justice,” he said.

The Blade will have a more complete report on Kagan’s confirmation and LGBT reaction shortly.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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