Confirming for many social conservatives that President Donald Trump made the right decision to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with Neil Gorsuch, America’s leading LGBT legal organization is assailing the nominee as being “dangerous” because he defended the pro-life stance of Christian-owned Hobby Lobby in its ongoing lawsuit.
According to Lambda Legal, which champions “rights” for the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community, Gorsuch’s 2013 ruling in Hobby Lobby’s 10th Circuit lawsuit is “disqualifying” him from being able to assume the role as justice in the Supreme Court of the United States.
In its article titled, “Neil Gorsuch has an unacceptible, hostile record toward LGBT people,” Lambda Legal included an image of Gorsuch’s face with the word “Dangerous” covering his eyes to show their contempt for his conservative values.
“The Hobby Lobby decision set a terrible and destructive standard for bosses being allowed to meddle in our sex lives and decide whether or not birth control is covered by the employer’s insurance plan,” the pro-LGBT group asserted. “In Judge Gorsuch’s decision, he calls the inclusion of health coverage that includes birth control – ‘complicity … in the wrongdoing of others.’”
The Lambda way or the highway
Lambda Legal insists that pro-life values must not be represented in the nation’s highest court.
“We absolutely must not confirm a Supreme Court nominee who has ruled that the religious beliefs of employers can trump the law,” the homosexual activist group argued. “It is a short hop from birth control restrictions to restrictions on the intimate relationships and healthcare needs of LGBT people.”
Pro-family advocates, on the other hand, see the issue as being about protecting the lives of preborn children – not the so-called “women’s reproductive rights” to kill their babies for the sake of convenience or economic hardship.
“[Social conservatives] agree with the implication that people or small businesses should not be forced to take part in practices they believe are morally wrong, whether it is subsidized contraception or a homosexuality-based ‘wedding,’” Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) President Peter LaBarbera wrote his a piece on LifeSiteNews. “Social conservatives hope the same reasoning cited by Trump’s nominee of not forcing citizens to be ‘complicit … in the wrongdoing of others’ would lead a potential Supreme Court ‘Justice Gorsuch’ to also rule against laws compelling Christian- and faith-based businesses to participate in homosexual ‘marriages’ if they believe that homosexual behavior is wrong.”
Agreeing with LaBarbera, Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver commends Gorsuch for protecting the rights of preborn children in major cases that have gained national attention.
“[Gorsuch] supported the religious liberty arguments against forced abortion mandates under ObamaCare in [the decisions] Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor,” Staver pointed out.
Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins also gives Gorsuch accolades for defending life and upholding the U.S. Constitution.
“Judge Gorsuch’s record over the last 14 years – especially on religious liberty — gives Americans every reason to believe he will make a fine Supreme Court justice,” proclaimed Perkins, whose Christian nonprofit group is a leading opponent of the abortion industry and LGBT agenda. “His reputation as a judge with integrity and dedication to the Constitution should be an encouragement to all Americans.”
American Family Association (AFA) President Tim Wildmon urged millions of his pro-family organization’s followers to extend their gratitude to Trump for nominating Gorsuch.
“Gorsuch is a believer in a broad definition of religious freedom and sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Little Sisters of the Poor,” Wildmon announced in an AFA press release. “The ACA’s [Obama] mandate requires them to violate their religious faith by forcing them to lend an impermissible degree of assistance to conduct their religion teaches to be gravely wrong.”
Not doing enough for the LGBT community
Lambda also bemoaned the fact that Gorsuch did not side with transgenders enough when he issued a ruling as a Circuit Judge in the 2015 case Druley v. Patton.
“The Oklahoma Department of Corrections had violated her constitutional rights by denying her medically necessary hormone treatment and her request to wear feminine clothing,” Gorsuch stated in his ruling.
The pro-LGBT attorney group indicated that Gorsuch was wrong by joining a ruling that did not work in transgender’s favor.
“To date, this court has not held that a transsexual plaintiff is a member of a protected suspect class for purposes of Equal Protection claims. . . . Ms. Druley [a biological man] did not allege any facts suggesting the ODOC defendants’ decisions concerning her clothing or housing do not bear a rational relation to a legitimate state purpose,” the ruling stated. “Thus, she has not demonstrated a likelihood of success on her Equal Protection claims.”
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also berated Gorsuch for not being a fellow advocate of the homosexual agenda, which it claims works to forward civil rights.
“Gorsuch has a long and troubling career opposing civil rights, including for LGBTQ people,” HRC declared.
To support its argument, HRC listed off a number of points to render Gorsuch guilty as charged.
“Gorsuch called marriage equality [LGBTA activist euphemism for homosexual “marriage”] part of the liberal social agenda, saying “American liberals have become addicted to the courtroom … as the primary means of effecting their social agenda on everything from gay marriage to assisted suicide … ”
“He joined the 10th Circuit’s decision in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, which asserted that that some private corporations are ‘people’ under federal law and have a right to deny basic healthcare coverage if it violates their religious belief. This expansive ruling could allow employers to deny transgender employees access to hormone treatment, access to birth control and other crucial health care for LGBTQ people.
“Hobby Lobby could have negative long-term consequences beyond healthcare for the LGBTQ community. There are those who are already trying to use the decision to support discrimination against LGBTQ workers.
“In 2015, Gorsuch joined a ruling against a transgender woman who was denied consistent access to hormone therapy while incarcerated. The ruling dismissed the prisoner’s claims that the denial of care amounted to cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution. “He has advocated for eliminating Chevron deference [see below], a critical administrative law doctrine that allows our federal system of regulations to function, which could result in the significant loss protections for LGBTQ people.”
HRC also boasted about its opposition to Gorsuch.
“HRC has taken the extraordinary step of opposing this Supreme Court nominee prior to his confirmation hearing — a first for the organization,” it declared.
Another pro-LGBT group, the National LGBTQ Task Force, insisted that Gorsuch is “out of touch” with the LGBT community. Besides promoting homosexuality and transgenderism, the group supports “polyamory” – also known as multiple-partner sexual unions – sadomasochism and other unnatural sexual activities.
“Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record reveals a jurist who: believes that bosses should control their employees’ private health care decisions; supports the misuse of religion to legalize discrimination; and holds LGBTQ equality with disdain,” National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey argued. “He is also a darling of those who are vehemently opposed to marriage equality. He seems like someone who aligns perfectly with Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s view of the world, but is completely out of touch with the realities of most people’s lives.”
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