ADDED ON: 06/22/2019

Senate confirms judge who’s so anti-LGBTQ even Susan Collins voted no

06/21/2019 | Salon

The Senate voted to confirm a Trump-appointed federal judge with a long history of anti-LGBTQ statements to a lifetime appointment Wednesday. The Senate voted to confirm Matthew Kacsmaryk as the new U.S. district judge for the Northern District of Texas by a 52-46 vote. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote against his confirmation. Collins, who has voted to approve 90 percent of Trump’s judicial nominees, nearly one-third of whom “have records that demonstrate hostility towards the rights of LGBT people,” according to Lambda Legal, said she opposed Kacsmaryk’s nomination because of his “alarming bias against LGBTQ Americans and disregard for Supreme Court precedents.” Kacsmaryk is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas and a member of the far-right Federalist Society. He currently serves as the deputy general counsel at First Liberty Institute, a religious nonprofit, NBC News reported.

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