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HRC: Trump’s SCOTUS Pick Is A ‘Direct Threat’ To Constitutional Rights Of Everyday Americans, LGBTQ Community

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HRC: Trump’s SCOTUS Pick Is A ‘Direct Threat’ To Constitutional Rights Of Everyday Americans, LGBTQ Community

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, said in a new report that President Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is “a direct threat to the constitutional rights of everyday Americans and for the LGBTQ community in particular.”

“Kavanaugh has a troublingly lengthy, far-right pedigree, and he was hand-picked by anti-LGBTQ, anti-choice groups in an explicit effort to undermine equality. This nomination threatens to erode our nation’s civil rights laws, block transgender troops from bravely serving this nation, and issue a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people in every aspect of American life,” HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said in the report.

Warbelow added that he will “undoubtedly bring a dangerous brand of ideological partisanship that has no place on the Court.”

The newly released HRC report said that his record on reproductive rights, the right to privacy, and religious liberty “indicates a potent combination of ideological views that could significantly and unnecessarily reshape constitutional doctrine and nondiscrimination protections as they apply to LGBTQ persons.”

The Hill added:

The report also said that Kavanaugh did not “substantively address” any of the Supreme Court’s “seminal LGBTQ decisions” in court cases Lawrence v. Texas, Romer v. Evans, United States v. Windsor or Obergefell v. Hodges, nor “its discredited ruling in Bowers v. Hardwick.”

Citing what the HRC called an “absence of opinions on LGBT-related cases” involving Kavanaugh, the group pointed to speeches Trump’s nominee gave “extensively praising” former chief justice William Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia, both of whom it said have “some of the most pronounced anti-LGBTQ records of modern jurists.”

The report comes weeks after the president nominated Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.


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