by Kim Leighton
As a queer, gender non-conforming person living through this difficult and unsettling political climate, I would like to express my fear of yet another troubling anti-LGBTQ appointment by the new administration. As many of us know, Congress has failed for many months to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat previously held by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. We now find ourselves at a precipice – the uncertainty that our future holds as Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
I would ask that you join me in urging Sen. Tester to stand firm against Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court. This lifetime appointment could have serious consequences for my family, me and so many others. As a queer Montanan happily married to my wife, I’m concerned that our basic civil rights would be compromised should Neil Gorsuch be confirmed. Additionally, with mounting legal attacks against transgender and gender diverse people, I have grave concerns for the safety and well-being of my friends and community members potentially impacted by such an appointment. Sen. Tester understands that fairness and dignity are fundamental Montana values, and with this, I expect him to vote against Gorsuch’s confirmation, which threatens families like mine and so many others. Be sure to contact Senator Tester to let him know that Montanans want a Supreme Court justice who will protect all of our rights.
Many of Trump’s nominees have terrible records when it comes to basic LGBTQ protections around housing, employment, and public accommodations. Gorsuch himself, under the guise of religious freedom, has supported companies like Hobby Lobby in denying birth control to female employees. He also argued in a dissent for defunding Planned Parenthood. LGBTQ Americans can’t risk having an anti-LGBTQ ideologue on the highest court in the land. Join me in urging Sen. Tester to stand up for the Constitutional rights of all of us and strongly opposing Donald Trump’s extreme SCOTUS pick.
Note from Don: The Trump forces are in all-out funding mode to pressure Senators to support Judge Gorsuch. One way to counter that influence is to support the People for the American Way and their effort to inform people about Gorsuch’s record.