ADDED ON: 07/13/2018

All the Damage Brett Kavanaugh Could Do to LGBT Rights

07/12/2018 | The Advocate

The gravity of President Trump’s nomination of a second Supreme Court justice for LGBTQ people and other vulnerable groups cannot be overstated. If confirmed, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, would tilt an already conservative court to the far hard-right. Political scientist Lee Epstein recently evaluated Judge Kavanaugh’s record and found that it would place him well to the right of every single current justice except Clarence Thomas. For LGBTQ people, in particular, this poses a serious threat. While we do not expect a direct reversal of the landmark holdings in Romer v. Evans, Lawrence v. Texas, or Obergefell v. Hodges — historic Supreme Court cases that acknowledged the equality of LGBT persons, decriminalized same-sex intimacy, and recognized that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry — there are a number of new issues that may be heard by the court and that could result in lasting harm to LGBT people and their families.


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