May 25th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
5 years ago

Uneasy political calculus of diversity and Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Hispanic groups want history to be made with a Latino or Latina justice when President Obama makes his selection to fill the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy.

Women's rights groups hope Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not remain the only female on the high court bench.

Some progressives, including some civil rights groups, privately would like to see the first African-American president choose a nominee of color.

Other constituencies - Asian-Americans, gay and lesbian groups, religious leaders and the legal academic community - also have their "wish lists."

The call from many on the left for diversity on the high court has energized much of the early speculation over whom the president will pick. Legal and political experts, including liberal groups themselves, say a female nominee is a pretty good bet.

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