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Lawyer who worked with anti-LGBTQ group confirmed as a federal judge

Allison Rushing (Photo via Lambda Legal)

WASHINGTON — Allison Rushing was confirmed to a lifetime appointment to the federal bench. The 37-year-old comes with a long anti-LGBTQ resume.

From the Washington Post:

Rushing’s confirmation drew quick condemnation from Democrats and civil rights and LGBTQ groups. Many cited her internship with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), an Arizona-based conservative, Christian legal nonprofit, which played an integral role in recent Supreme Court cases, including Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which it defended the Colorado baker who fought for the right not to bake a cake for a gay wedding. ADF was also successful in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, securing a ruling that allowed companies to opt out of covering contraceptives for employees because of the owners’ religious beliefs. In addition, Rushing defended the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and said she supported the four conservative justices who dissented when the Supreme Court struck down the ruling in 2015.

The ADF has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“Throughout her brief legal career, Alison Rushing has supported and closely associated herself with one of the most extreme anti-LGBT organizations operating in this country today, the Alliance Defending Freedom,” said Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer of Lambda Legal, in a statement. “Rather than disqualifying her from consideration, this aspect of her record seems to have made up for all of the other deficiencies in her record, including her inexperience and he lack of any connection to the state in which she will sit. Despite her denunciation of the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision in United States v. Windsor, and her commitment to ADF’s mission to recriminalize homosexuality and sterilize the transgender community, all 53 Republican Senators voted to confirm her.  Today is a very difficult and disappointing day for the roughly 1 million LGBT people who live in the states covered by the Fourth Circuit, and for all people who care about courts that can treat all people with dignity and fairness.”

Lambda Legal pointed out that the administration has confirmed more circuit court judges than any other president by this point in their first term, and the administration shows no signs of slowing down. Since she was appointed at such a young age, Rushing could be on the bench for decades.

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