Lambda Legal and 62 national, state and local LGBTQ organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.
“Everyone – especially the LGBTQ community – should be deeply concerned about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” said Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Lambda Legal.
“From the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on transgender troops to the efforts to encourage and immunize discrimination against LGBTQ people in the public square, the American people should not have any confidence that Kavanaugh will be an independent check on the Trump administration and put his duty to the Constitution above his political beliefs,” McGowan added.
She further stated, “The harsh reality is that this nomination puts Trump within striking distance of his goal of overturning Roe and of turning back the clock on LGBTQ rights for generations.”
In the letter, Lambda Legal exposes Kavanaugh’s long history of ruling for the wealthy and powerful against individuals. The letter illustrates how if he were confirmed to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh would provide the fifth and decisive vote to undermine many of our core rights and legal protections like reproductive freedom, affordable health care and LGBTQ equality.
The letter goes on to detail five areas of Judge Kavanaugh’s record and philosophy that are of particular concern to the organizations and their constituents, and that raise questions of grave consequence to LGBTQ people living with HIV and anyone who cares about these communities.
The following verbiage was excerpted from the letter.
(1) Judge Kavanaugh believes that unenumerated fundamental rights must be tethered narrowly to “tradition,” an approach that inherently favors those who historically have enjoyed power and privilege and that would erode or eliminate significant protections for LGBTQ people.
(2) We have serious concerns that Judge Kavanaugh would support a novel and radical approach to religious freedom, discarding the longstanding doctrinal framework that has rejected attempts to invoke religious liberty to justify violations of anti-discrimination laws.
(3) We are deeply concerned that Judge Kavanaugh will gut critical health care protections, which would gravely threaten the health of people living with HIV and transgender people, among other vulnerable groups.
(4) We are deeply concerned by Judge Kavanaugh’s extreme views about the limits of executive privilege and the proper amount of deference owed to the President; and
(5) We are deeply concerned that Judge Kavanaugh’s propensity for supporting the interests of the rich and powerful will harm the economic well-being of our and other economically vulnerable communities.
Lambda Legal goes on to argue that the Senate Judiciary Committee must fulfill its constitutional duty to carefully review Kavanaugh’s record. With so much at stake, Kavanaugh must provide the Senate with full universe of documents related to his record, just like Justice Elena Kagan.
The American people deserve to know the whole truth about his record on LGBTQ rights and other important civil rights issues.
Read the full text of the letter.
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De Niro’s Tony Awards Message to Donald Trump Gets Tremendous Support
Robert De Niro appears to have made history. Easily one of the greatest actors of his generation, De Niro delivered a very specific message to the President of the United States at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, and he’s now getting massive support – and, naturally, attacks from the right – for his censored remarks.
“I just want to say one thing — F*ck Trump,” De Niro said, to great applause – and a standing ovation. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f*ck Trump.”
On Twitter “De Niro” is trending and many – including his fellow actors and other entertainment notables – are rushing to his defense.
Reminder: While #MorningJoe was still normalizing Trump, having him on every day, people were working hard trying to show Trump was evil. #DeNiro didn’t help elevate Trump, but your show did. A LOT of people needed the raw catharsis #DeNiro gave #FUCKTRUMP
— Lizz “The Worm” Winstead (@lizzwinstead) June 11, 2018
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 11, 2018
“I just want to say one thing…
I fucking love Robert De Niro!”#FuckTrump
— Ryan Knight 🌊 (@ProudResister) June 11, 2018
I love Bruce Springsteen. He makes us all come from Freehold, NJ
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) June 11, 2018
If any Republican Congressman criticizes Robert De Niro tomorrow for what he said about Trump, please ask them how they feel about any of the hundreds (thousands?) of offensive things Trump has said in the past two years, let alone in his lifetime.#TonyAwards
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 11, 2018
Why shouldn’t we say FUCK TRUMP? We all have to tip toe around the fact that this compromised dolt is ruining every facet of our Democracy without an ounce of care who he hurts? De Niro is right and Tonys were a fine place to say so. Should be said every day in clarion voices.
— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) June 11, 2018
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) June 11, 2018
Strange how so many Republicans are outraged at what Robert De Niro said, yet they are completely fine with the man they voted for and support openly bragging about being able to assault women because he’s famous.
— Matthew D. Ward (@MatthewDWard) June 11, 2018
Something’s happening in this nation.
The tide is turning.
People are done with this administration.
More than done.
— Robert #Resist Sandy (@frodofied) June 11, 2018
Want to criticize Robert DeNiro?
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) June 11, 2018
Gosh, I hope De Niro hasn’t hurt our chances of winning over any racist, anti-Semitic, nativist Trump voters in 2018. And they were so close to supporting Pelosi as Speaker…
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) June 11, 2018
Tonight Robert De Niro expressed the view of 3/4 of Americans when he said “fuck Trump” and received a standing ovation during the #TonyAwards tonight.
Robert De Niro did his part to wake up Americans.
— ☇RiotWomenn☇ (@riotwomennn) June 11, 2018
Watch: Robert De Niro Drops an F Bomb on Trump at the Tonys – Gets Standing Ovation
He’s only acted on Broadway once, and directed a Broadway show only once, but Sunday night Robert De Niro may have made Broadway history.
The 74-year old Academy Award winning actor stood on stage at the Tony Awards and let loose an explosive “F” bomb, dropping it right on President Donald Trump.
“I just want to say one thing — F*ck Trump,” De Niro said, to great applause. “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f*ck Trump.”
For his efforts he received a standing ovation.
VARIETY reports CBS television, apparently not expecting or prepared for the remark, “scrambled to bleep the audio.”
— Variety (@Variety) June 11, 2018
Someone posted a non-bleeped version to Twitter and put it on loop:
— Cine&Medios-Z (@Cineymedios_Z) June 11, 2018
And here’s another one:
— Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) June 11, 2018
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s awards columnist:
De Niro: “FUCK TRUMP!” Standing O. Repeats it! TV production people wearing headsets are staring at each other with mouths agape. Amazing live TV moment.
— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) June 11, 2018
For those watching at home, De Niro said, “I’m going to say this — FUCK TRUMP. It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,’ it’s FUCK TRUMP.’ ” #TonyAwards
— Dave Quinn (@NineDaves) June 11, 2018
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