Jeers, cheers for Trump SCOTUS pick

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett (Photo from Human Rights Campaign)

WASHINGTON — Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett over the weekend has gotten strong reaction across the political spectrum.

“This moment is not about any nominee or their record — it is about the reputation of the Court itself,” said Colleen Connell, executive director of the ACLU of Illinois. “The Senate should delay this confirmation process until after the inauguration in order to fulfill its constitutional obligation to advise and consent. A rushed process, with an artificial political deadline, does a disservice to filling the seat held by a champion of civil rights and civil liberties, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Senate must delay this vote. “

Lambda Legal said that the rushed nomination was a risk to U.S. democracy.

“If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will unleash a Supreme Court majority that is hostile to all of our basic civil rights, and the impact will be felt for decades,” said Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings. “Judge Barrett’s personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, coupled with her unwillingness to affirm that the Supreme Court’s decision making marriage equality the law of the land is settled law, should sound the alarm for anyone who cares about LGBTQ people and their families.”

Lambda Legal also released their research on Barrett’s record:

  • Barrett joined a letter in 2015 supporting the position that “marriage and family is founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman” and the “significance of sexual difference and the complementarity of men and women.”
  • She wrote a law review article promoting a theory that U.S. Supreme Court case law is broken down into decisions that operate as mere precedent and decisions that serve as “superprecedent” (decisions that no Justice would overrule). To a critic, this approach seems to allow the Supreme Court to more easily overturn cases it views as merely “precedent.” Barrett would not respond to questions posed regarding whether she believes Obergefell v. Hodges qualifies as “superprecedent.”
  • Barrett was sharply critical of Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion in NFIB v. Sebellius, which upheld the Affordable Care Act. She characterized the decision as pushing the ACA “beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute.”
  • Barrett joined an en banc panel refusing to hear an appeal of a case involving the segregation of Black workers at AutoZone.
  • Barrett has given speeches for Alliance Defending Freedom, an organization whose animus towards the LGBTQ community is so great it earned them a “Hate Group” designation from the Southern Poverty Law Center. When asked if she was aware of their classification, she pushed back, saying that they were only opining on a matter of “public controversy.”

The Human Rights Campaign called Barnett an “absolute threat” to LGBTQ rights.

“Amy Coney Barrett’s history tells a story of anti-LGBTQ ideology, opposing basic rights thought to be settled law, and an anti-choice ideology out of step with popular opinion,” the organization said in a statement.

Those on the right, however, were thrilled with her nomination.

“Judge Amy Coney Barrett is an outstanding selection to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court and reaffirms that our Constitution will be strongly and properly upheld in the nation’s highest court,” said U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria). Americans elected President Trump in part to nominate men and women to the federal judiciary that apply the law fairly and protect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, not activist judges that legislate from the bench.”

LGBTQ Nation reported that far-right activist Brian Brown was sending out fundraising appeals, saying that Barrett would mean the end of hard won LGBTQ rights like marriage equality.

According to LGBTQ Nation, Brown said her appointment to the Supreme Court “will mean that religious liberty will be restored to its rightful place as a foundational constitutional right, and that the fake ‘rights’ that are constantly demanded by the left – including special rules for homosexuals and the so-called transgendered – will no longer see the light of day.”

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