Lambda Legal and 26 other LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations vociferously opposed potential nominee Amy Coney Barrett during her 2017 confirmation to the 7th Circuit, referencing her affiliation with Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ+ legal organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as a hate group. Both Donnelly and Manchin have been opponents of LGBTQ rights previously but had given lip service to the party line in recent years. To republish, simply copy the HTML at right, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to The 19th. We’re a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. Despite the warnings numerous LGBT organizations made about Joan Larsen's views on civil rights, the Trump nominee will now sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. “What I am saying is if you’re in a position to do those things, and you’ve been thinking it’s not necessary or you wouldn’t need those protections, I think there’s a good argument to be made that you might.”. Larsen opposed giving Obergefell full effect as a State Supreme Court Justice in Michigan:. “After Obergefell was decided, the nonbiological parent filed a complaint for custody and parenting time pursuant to this common law doctrine. In a separate letter and action led by Lambda Legal, 27 organizations urged the Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Justice Joan Larsen to the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the nomination of Professor Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Court of Federal Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, noting that their “views on civil rights issues are fundamentally at odds with the notion that … November 3, 2020, Charlie Clark, Geffrye Parsons and Harry Clifton. Trump appointee Joan Larsen was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit yesterday on a mostly party line vote. On Texas’s high court, Willett has not been inclined to recognize same-sex marriage. “I think the extent to which conservative judges are hostile to LGBT rights is exaggerated and catastrophized,” he said. “I want to be able to do it on my own time.”. “When asked to explain how an originalist approach to interpretation would comport with Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Romer v. Evans, Lawrence, U.S. v. Windsor and Obergfell, Justice Larsen refused to do so, and simply offered the same non-answer that she repeated during her confirmation hearing: ‘Each of the aforementioned cases is a precedent of the Supreme Court that binds me as a Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court and would bind me if I were confirmed to the Sixth Circuit. Exemptions for government contractors could mean that LGBTQ+ seniors lose access to safe housing and meal programs, she said. “But perhaps the most eminent one is the assertion of religious objections to compliance with the civil rights laws.”. “They also share an approach to judicial decision-making that would essentially write LGBT people out of the Constitution entirely. Queer people in the Lone Star State have gained the rights they have entirely through the courts. September 12, 2017. Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, the county’s largest LGBTQ+ organization, believes that marriage equality is settled law. US, This time could be different. In 2015, as the nation was abuzz over the marriage equality case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Willett tweeted the following: I could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon. David Brown, legal director at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, is also optimistic, not just because they don’t see the court reversing itself. He is survived by “the love of his life,” his dog named Hank. She wrote that “the lack of reflection [in the ruling] should alarm us”, suggesting the Supreme Court had “simply cited international conventions and the opinions of foreign and international bodies as if they were well-accepted sources of domestic constitutional interpretation”.