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Outserve-SLDN statement on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

Tuesday, January 31, 2017   (0 Comments)


Outserve-SLDN statement on Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch

(WASHINGTON) January 31, 2017 – OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Matt Thorn issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s action today, nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch, of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, to the United States Supreme Court, the highest court in the country.

“We are dismayed with the actions of the Trump Administration today, in the selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch, of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, to join the United States Supreme Court. His record and opinions on the expansion of religious exceptions can be utilized in the marginalization and discrimination towards the LGBT and women’s communities. These opinions should be uniquely disqualifying for an appointment to our nation’s highest court. His judicial record is hostile towards members of the LGBT community, including those that have and continue to selflessly serve this great nation.

Never before has OutServe-SLDN, a legal nonprofit focused on providing legal services for LGBT servicemembers, veterans, and their families, taken such a stance with respect to a Supreme Court nomination. However, Judge Gorsuch’s dissenting opinion in the 10th Circuit Hobby Lobby case, referenced by the Supreme Court in their opinion, has given us a fundamental purpose to comment on this nomination. The writing Justices in Hobby Lobby indicated how dangerous Judge Gorsuch’s line of thinking was, and the dangerous precedent it set, by allowing certain religions to usurp our nation’s laws. Religion should never be used as a tool for discrimination.

We call upon our Senate leadership to ensure a vigorous and open vetting of Judge Gorsuch's appointment through the review and scrutiny of his opinions, thoughts and writings on critical issues that may be before the Supreme Court during his potential tenure. However, his record indicates the incredible progress we have made towards the recognition of fundamental rights for these communities will likely be erased.

OutServe-SLDN remains unequivocally committed to legally defend all servicemembers, veterans, their families, and Defense and Veterans Affairs civilians and contractors as a result of the actions of the Trump Administration. We look forward to working with the majority of Americans who oppose these discriminatory actions and stand ready to add our voice to those that will continue to speak out.

OutServe-SLDN will be providing questions from the LGBT military community during Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing. We will continue to release additional information about this nomination as it becomes available."

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