In response to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, the following can be attributed to Chuck Smith, CEO of Equality Texas:
“With Justice Anthony Kennedy retiring, the progress we have made toward full equality for LGBTQ people is at risk. We need a Supreme Court justice who will protect the rights of all Americans, not someone just looking out for the privileges of the wealthy and powerful.
We call on Texas Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, both of whom serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, to commit to a rigorous vetting process and to vote “no” on the nominee if he doesn’t live up to that principle of fundamental fairness.
Justice Kennedy said in Obergefell v Hodges, his landmark decision on LGBTQ rights, ‘They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution gives them that right.’
Equality Texas will fight to ensure that we never go back to the days when LGBTQ Americans were told that the Constitution did not extend to them.”