BREAKING: Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed to U.S. Supreme CourtOctober 26, 2020 • 8:19 pm
Confirmation comes ahead of oral arguments in major nondiscrimination case on 11/4
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a Senate confirmation vote of 52-48 this evening, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will be sworn in as the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kasey Suffredini, CEO and national campaign director of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to secure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide, released the following statement:
“Judge Barrett’s limited record on LGBTQ issues and her extrajudicial statements about LGBTQ people are concerning. She gave almost no additional indication at her hearings about whether she will respect past Supreme Court precedent regarding the freedom to marry, LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, and respect and dignity for our families and relationships. Our concerns remain regarding her ability to allow LGBTQ people a fair and impartial hearing and fair application of the law to issues that come before the Court affecting our community.
“This uncertainty underscores why the path forward for LGBTQ equality should not be left to the courts. Congress must pass express, comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide through federal legislation like the Equality Act. For the seven million LGBTQ Americans vulnerable to discrimination in 29 states currently lacking these comprehensive protections, there is too much at stake for anything less than this basic guarantee of fair treatment in everyday life.”
Judge Barrett has previously made disparaging comments about transgender women, stated that she believes marriage is between a man and a woman, and publicly opposed the outcome in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that extended the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.
On November 4, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, a case concerning whether a religious foster care agency can refuse to work with same-sex couples in violation of the nondiscrimination provisions of a contract they voluntarily entered into with the City and received taxpayer funds to carry out. The outcome of the case could have broad implications for the application of nondiscrimination laws around the country, as well as for the ability of local governments to enforce all kinds of critical local regulations relating to public health and welfare that keep people safe and healthy.
Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.