"I see no reason why there should be any different standard."

AG Nom. Approves Of Gays

mukasey-1.jpg
What!? Could it be that a President Bush-suggested government official actually approves of gay people? Wonders never cease!

During a Congressional grilling, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey said he doesn’t “understand” why the Department of Justice continues to overlook gay staffers for vacant positions. What’s more, Mukasey sees no problem with gay groups announcing events, something they’ve been prohibited to do since Janet Reno’s reign.

Additionally, Mukasey told officials he has always insisted on gay-friendly employment practices:

When I was a district judge. I interviewed and hired without regard to any matter relating personal life of a prospective law clerk–any matter of that kind; I see no reason why there should be any different standard at the department.

HRC has yet to issue an official statement, but spokesman Brad Luna described Mukasey’s position as “refreshing”. Isn’t it just?

Read the transcript after the jump…

SENATOR FEINGOLD: Fair enough, fair enough.

Judge, as is the case in every federal agency of all three branches of government, there are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans serving honorably and effectively at the Department of Justice. The department sponsors commemorative events to recognize the contributions of various minority groups. But under Attorney General Ashcroft and Gonzales, in contrast to Attorney General Reno, it has refused to do so for the GLBT Americans. In addition, while DOJ Pride, an organization of GLBT employees, is permitted to use department space to hold events, it is prohibited from advertising those events on public billboards in department buildings, again, unlike other organizations for minority employees in the department.

Similarly, the department refuses to recruit at job fairs aimed at GLBT attorneys but sends recruiters to job fairs aimed at other minority groups. I am troubled by this. I suppose there is not much to be done about this administration’s attitude toward gays and lesbians, but as Attorney General, you would have the power to end this shameful conduct. Will you stop the disparate treatment of gay and lesbian employees at DOJ?

MR. MICHAEL MUKASEY: I don’t understand the reason for that treatment. When I was a district judge, I interviewed and hired without regard to any matter relating personal life of a prospective law clerk–any matter of that kind; I see no reason why there should be any different standard at the department.

SENATOR FEINGOLD: I’ll take that as saying that you will stop the disparate treatment of gay and lesbian employees at DOJ?

MR. MICHAEL MUKASEY: Sounds like I am going to.

SENATOR FEINGOLD: Pardon me?

MR. MICHAEL MUKASEY: Sounds like I am going to.

SENATOR FEINGOLD: Sounds good to me.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
——
PageOneQ has video.