What this Supreme Court pick means for you
With all of the frenzy around appointments and executive orders, it’s hard to take time to think about what each action means for you and the LGBT community. That’s why we wanted to take a minute to take a look at Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court and what that could mean for us.
Trump just nominated Neil Gorsuch, a 49 year old Federal Appeals Judge from the Tenth Circuit Court for the Supreme Court. His nominee is nothing like the moderate justice, Merrick Garland, who President Obama nominated months ago. That nominee was obstructed by Republicans in the Senate and now we are faced with Trump’s nominee.
Trump’s nominee was hand picked by the most right-wing extremists with the hope that this new justice will swing the balance toward: restricting immigration, restricting voting rights, restricting access to family planning, and turning back recent advances in LGBT equality. For example, with another far right justice, the Court would likely uphold restrictive state laws in Mississippi and elsewhere that undermine marriage equality and harm LGBT people.
Specifically, we are concerned that Gorsuch’s reputation as an advocate for so-called “religious liberty” would make him likely to side with far-right Christian groups and business that claim serving LGBT people or treating them equally violates their first amendment rights.
Here in Pennsylvania, that could be very important since there are conversations in Harrisburg about bills in the legislature that would weaken the Human Relations Act and put an individual’s so called “religious right to refuse service” above treating all people equally. And that’s not just in restaurants and stores, but in health care and emergency services. Bills like these are most likely unconstitutional and could have far reaching consequences. We can’t have a Supreme Court that would allow these licence-to-discriminate bills to stand.
That’s why it is critical that you call Senator Pat Toomey today and ask him to oppose Neil Gorsuch.
Call Sen. Toomey’s Harrisburg office here: (717) 782-3951.
Call today. These calls can make a difference. Sen. Toomey co-sponsored the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. Though that bill did not pass, he has demonstrated that he is willing to support the LGBT community. We need Sen. Toomey to support us now.
Call Sen. Toomey’s office today: (717) 782-3951