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With the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a longtime adversary of LGBT Americans, President Obama has a vacancy to fill. Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, the body that votes whether to confirm a president's high court nominees, are vowing to block any Obama appointment, saying they'd rather wait for the next president to select a justice — and they're hoping the next president will be a Republican. Democrats, however, are saying such a long wait would be unprecedented and potentially disastrous, and Obama has pledged to submit a nominee no matter what. So, Mr. President, how about considering a jurist who's lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — or, like some already on the court, at least an ally?
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