“The press needs to be grown-ups themselves and decide that there is no reason to write about this aspect of a person’s private life,” says James Gomes, director of the politically oriented Mosakowski Institute of Public Enterprise at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. The media, he says, “should be more dignified.”

Regardless, many bloggers from a wide spectrum of viewpoints continue to call for Kagan to declare her sexual orientation.

“It’s time we got over the myth that what a public servant does in his private life is of no consequence,” wrote Bryan Fischer, who blogs for the conservative American Family Association and doesn’t think a lesbian should hold such a powerful post.

Some gay bloggers, meanwhile, implied that Kagan should make a public statement out of respect for herself and the gay community.