Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor has resigned from an all-women's club called the Belizean Grove because she didn't want questions about the organization (most of them coming from Republicans) to "distract anyone from my qualifications and record."
"I believe that the Belizean Grove does not practice invidious discrimination and my membership did not violate the Judicial Code of Ethics, but I do not want questions about this to distract anyone from my qualifications and record," Sotomayor wrote in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, after her membership in the club was questioned. As the New York Times notes, "Federal judges are bound by a code that says they should not join any group that discriminates by race, sex, religion or nationality." Sotomayor defended the club in her letter, noting that "To the best of my knowledge, a man has never asked to be considered for membership. It is also my understanding that all interested individuals are duly considered by the membership committee."
Sotomayor Resigns From All-Women's Club [NYTimes]
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/19/sotomayor.womens.club/index.htmlSotomayor Resigns From Women's Club [CNN]