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Gorsuch Confirmed To Supreme Court. What Could This Mean For LGBT Community?

GLAAD says Gorsuch is "in line with Trump administration's goal to erase LGBTQ people from the U.S.A."

Despite vigorous Democratic opposition, the U.S. Senate confirmed Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Friday morning, restoring a conservative majority to the highest judicial body in the U.S.

Senate Republicans decided to change rules and “go nuclear” to confirm their candidate after failing to get the 60 votes needed to secure Gorsuch as the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement on the bench.

Gorsuch, who has been described as even more conservative than Scalia, is only 49, which means he has the potential to make decisions in our country’s highest court for decades.

GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis issued a statement after the announcement on Friday that served as a reminder of what dangers the LGBT community may face due to Gorsuch’s confirmation.

“Republicans in the Senate just destroyed a steadfast American tradition for the purpose of confirming a person to the U.S. Supreme Court who will most certainly vote in opposition to the safety and well-being of the LGBTQ community and many marginalized groups for his entire career on the bench,” she said. “With his history of siding against transgender Americans and arguing against marriage equality, Neil Gorsuch is yet another reprehensible pawn in the Trump administration’s goal of erasing the LGBTQ community from the fabric of America.”

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Although Gorsuch maintained that marriage equality was “settled law” during his confirmation hearings last month, his record tells a different story as to how he’ll treat LGBT issues.

Gorsuch described LGBT rights as merely part of liberals’ social agenda in the past, and sided with businesses like Hobby Lobby in being willing to allow religious employers to use their personal beliefs to sidestep federal law.

“As veterans of the marriage equality fight, we understand how profoundly Supreme Court rulings can affect our daily lives,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell. “Judge Gorsuch’s record on some of our most fundamental constitutional freedoms—such as the right to privacy, equality under the law, and access to reproductive health care—is dangerous, troubling and miles behind where we are today.”

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