Take a Look at Supreme Court Nominee Neil M. Gorsuch’s History of Anti-LGBTQ Hate

Take a Look at Supreme Court Nominee Neil M. Gorsuch’s History of Anti-LGBTQ Hate

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Neil M. Gorsuch, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has a long history of hatred toward LGBTQ people.

Lambda Legal offers a list of Gorsuch’s anti-LGBTQ offenses:

  • Judge Gorsuch joined a 2015 opinion rejecting arguments made by a transgender woman who was incarcerated that the Oklahoma Department of Corrections had violated her constitutional rights by denying her medically necessary hormone treatment and her request to wear feminine clothing.
  • Judge Gorsuch has supported religious exemptions from laws based on ‘complicity’—the wrongheaded idea that adhering to the law makes the objector complicit in the allegedly sinful conduct of others. He troublingly described the issue in his 10th Circuit Hobby Lobby opinion as follows: ‘All of us must answer for ourselves whether and to what degree we are willing to be involved in the wrongdoing of others.’
  • Judge Gorsuch has expressed disapproval of civil rights impact litigation, writing in 2005 that “American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom … as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage” to other issues. It is telling that Judge Gorsuch saves his criticism for “American liberals,” even as the U.S. Supreme Court routinely has heard conservative challenges to constitutionally protected rights.

Trump recently told the press that he respects LGBTQ rights, but his choice to surround himself with anti-LGBTQ politicians like Gorsuch, Mike Pence and Ben Carson suggests otherwise.

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