BREAKING: Trump Nominates Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court

September 26, 2020 • 5:20 pm

Barrett nominated to serve as ninth justice on Supreme Court and fill Justice Ginsburg’s vacancy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Trump announced that Amy Coney Barrett will be his nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 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.

Kasey Suffredini, CEO and national campaign director of Freedom for All Americans, the bipartisan campaign to secure LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections nationwide, issued the following statement:

“The newly appointed Supreme Court Justice will carry the weight of serving our country for generations and must be clear that she will respect precedent, apply the constitution equally to all, and uphold freedom for all Americans—including LGBTQ Americans—as one of our country’s foremost values. Justice Ginsburg left a legacy in which she affirmed LGBTQ protections under the law in every legal milestone we have achieved, from striking down laws criminalizing our relationships, to extending the freedom to marry, to prohibiting discrimination against us; and those rulings cannot be rolled back or compromised. Should Judge Barrett be sworn in, she must similarly embody a commitment to the words carved above the Supreme Court’s entrance: equal justice under the law. There is too much at stake for anything less than including all LGBTQ people fully under the promises of our Constitution.

“Judge Barrett’s public positions on LGBTQ issues and her public association with anti-LGBTQ activist groups such as the Alliance Defending Freedom, which opposes marriage equality and has been leading nationwide efforts to banish transgender people from public spaces, is concerning. Whatever her personal beliefs, she must confirm that she will respect precedent and fairly apply the law to LGBTQ people who come before the Court. If granted a hearing, FFAA will be watching for her to make explicit her intent to uphold the precedents that have increased freedom for LGBTQ people, and her commitment to the core principles of fairness, freedom, and equality for the LGBTQ community.”

This summer, the Supreme Court delivered a powerful affirmation of LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections when it ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that discrimination against LGBTQ employees in the workplace is a form of sex discrimination. On November 4, the court is set to hear oral arguments in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, concerning whether a religious foster care agency can refuse to work with same-sex couples in violation of the nondiscrimination provisions of a contract into which they voluntarily entered 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.

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