Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Alito may be more gay friendly than originally thought

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From News Is Alito More Gay Positive Than Believed? by Paul Johnson Washington Bureau Chief Posted: November 2, 2005 11:00 am ET (Washington) New documents have emerged showing Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito may be more liberal and gay positive than he has been perceived. In a report prepared by a Princeton University undergraduate task force, chaired by Alito while he was a student, recommended the decriminalization of sodomy, said that discrimination against gays in hiring ''should be forbidden," and accused the CIA and the FBI of invading the privacy of citizens. ''We sense a great threat to privacy in modern America," Alito wrote in a foreword to the report, in 1971. ''We all believe that privacy is too often sacrificed to other values; we all believe that the threat to privacy is steadily and rapidly mounting; we all believe that action must be taken on many fronts now to preserve privacy." The report was obtained from the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library by the Boston Globe. It was issued by Alito and16 other Princeton students in 1971. The project stemmed from a class assignment to study the ''boundaries of privacy in American society" the Globe reported, and met a course requirement for public policy students. A classmate interviewed by the Gloe, Jeffrey G. Weil, said that Alito was one of the top seniors in his class and had been selected to advise juniors writing the report, "coaching them through the research and then writing an introduction explaining their recommendations." "This is a hopeful sign that may provide insight into his philosophy," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "There were very few people standing up for gay Americans 34 years ago and most who did have evolved even more since." But Solmonese warned that all of Alito's writings must be considered during the confirmation process. "We will continue to learn more between now and the hearings. It's crucial that we find out more about his views on the right to privacy and other constitutional issues," Solmonese said. Original Source: click here