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A coalition of LGBTQ organizations have demanded the U.S. Senate reject the nomination of “narrow-minded idealogue” Brett Kavanaugh.
In a letter signed by 73 organizations including Lambda Legal, GLAAD, AIDS United, and Whitman-Walker Health, the organizations slam Kavanaugh’s record on civil rights, saying his views are “fundamentally at odds with securing equality, liberty, justice and dignity under the law for all people, including LGBT people and people living with HIV.”
“Every Supreme Court vacancy is significant, but the stakes for the LGBT community could not be higher in deciding who will replace Justice Kennedy — who served as the deciding vote in numerous landmark decisions affecting LGBT people,” they write. “It is not an exaggeration to say that key protections that enable LGBT individuals to participate as equal members of our society are at stake.”
Arguing that Kavanaugh will not be a “neutral and fair-minded jurist,” the organizations say they have “serious concerns with many aspects of Judge Kavanaugh’s record.”
In particular, the letter highlights five key areas of Kavanaugh’s judicial record and philosophy that “are of particular concern to our organizations and constituents”:
“LGBT Americans, people living with HIV, and other at-risk communities rely upon the Constitution’s guarantees of equality, liberty, dignity and justice under the law for their ability to participate fully in society and make major life decisions, and they are entitled to know whether a new justice recognizes and would protect those guarantees,” they write. “Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony during his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee further cemented our opposition.”
The letter was sent to senators on Oct. 4, prior to a vote on whether to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to a final vote in the Senate.
That initial vote succeeded 51-49 today, Oct. 5, despite nationwide protests against Kavanaugh’s nomination following allegations of sexual assault by at least three women, and a powerful testimony on Capitol Hill from one of his accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
It also came after a widely criticized FBI investigation which ruled that there was “no hint of misconduct” in Kavanaugh’s record, despite multiple allegations from those who know Kavanaugh that he lied during his testimony to senators last week.
A final vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination is expected on Saturday, Oct. 6.
LGBTQ organizations, including HRC, are urging that the “fight is far from over,” and asking supporters to contact their senators and tell them to reject Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Thank you to all senators, including Sen. @LisaMurkowski, who voted “NO” on Cloture to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Too much is at stake. The rights of millions of Americans hang in the balance if Kavanaugh’s confirmed to the Supreme Court.
Text SAVE SCOTUS to 30644.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 5, 2018
Lambda Legal tweeted that they are “deeply disappointed” that senators advanced Kavanaugh to a final vote, and also urged that the fight was not over to stop his nomination.
We are deeply disappointed that a majority of Senators have agreed to advance Brett #Kavanaugh to final vote in the face of SO MANY serious concerns and unanswered questions.
But! This 👏🏽 fight 👏🏽 is 👏🏽 not 👏🏽 over.👏🏽 #KavanaughVote #StopKavanaugh
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) October 5, 2018
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