09/25/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/25/2020 17:35
CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL:[email protected]
LOS ANGELES - After the New York Times and Politico confirmed on Friday that President Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the vacancy left by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court, Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, released the follow statement from Executive Director Rick Chavez Zbur:
'In over three decades as a lawyer and LGBTQ+ civil rights advocate, I've never been this fearful for our courts, our civil rights and our democracy.
'Trump's decision to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court just weeks before the presidential election is a heinous power grab in and of itself, but to nominate an anti-LGBTQ+, anti-choice extremist like Amy Coney Barrett is a broadside attack on decades of progress and on Justice Ginsburg's legacy. Coney Barrett on the bench of the nation's highest court would be a nightmare for LGBTQ+ civil rights for decades to come and her opposition to Roe v. Wade, voting rights, the ACA and other progressive decisions is simply disqualifying.
'The Supreme Court belongs to America - to all of us - not just one party or one politician. We urge the U.S. Senate to honor Justice Ginsburg's final wish and block any nomination until after the inauguration.'
Equality California is the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org