Sotomayor Defends Membership In Women's Club

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor (SOHN'-yuh soh-toh-my-YOR') says an elite all-women's club she belongs to doesn't discriminate unfairly by gender.

Sotomayor tells senators in a letter that the Belizean (buh-LEE'-zee-uhn) Grove lets men speak at events and participate in trips. She also says she's unaware that a man has ever tried to become a member.

Her defense of the club comes after GOP senators questioned her participation because of the nature of the group. Federal judges are bound by a code that says they shouldn't join any organization that discriminates by race, sex, religion, or nationality.

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