Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement on what’s at stake for LGBT rights if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court:
“In recent years we’ve seen unprecedented gains in the recognition of Constitutionally protected rights for the LGBT community, thanks largely to the Supreme Court. Five years ago, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the court found that the Constitution protects the right to marriage equality. And just four months ago, the court confirmed that Title VII’s protection against employment discrimination includes LGBT workers.
“But, this progress is in jeopardy if Republicans are successful in rushing through the confirmation of a conservative justice.
“Judge Barrett has argued the Supreme Court overreached in recognizing marriage equality and said the fate of that ruling is an open question. She’s also argued that Title IX protections, the cornerstone of equality in our education system, shouldn’t apply to transgender students.
“Just this week, Justices Thomas and Alito all but called for Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark ruling that made marriage equality the law of the land, to be overturned. Make no mistake, Judge Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court is a threat to LGBT Americans.”