WASHINGTON – Today, 108 national civil rights groups sent a letter urging Senators to reject the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. The letter raises concerns about Gorsuch’s record in multiple areas, including: discrimination claims, workers’ rights, immigration, women’s health, LGBT rights, police misconduct, students with disabilities, corporate bias, money in politics, environmental protection, voting rights, and the politicized hiring in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
The letter states: “The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our laws, and its rulings can dramatically impact the lives and rights of all Americans. Judge Gorsuch’s decade-long record on the federal bench, as well as his writings, speeches, and activities throughout his career, demonstrate he is a judge with an agenda. His frequent dissents and concurrences show he is out of the mainstream of legal thought and unwilling to accept the constructs of binding precedent and stare decisis when they dictate results he disfavors. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, which is closely divided on many critical issues, Judge Gorsuch would tip the balance in a direction that would undermine many of our core rights and legal protections. He lacks the impartiality and independence the American people expect and deserve from the federal bench.”
“The Constitution demands an independent judiciary, bound by the rule of law and not partisan political interests,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which led the efforts on the letter. “The American people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will be independent and not simply serve as a rubber stamp for the President who appointed him. Gorsuch also has an unacceptable record of putting powerful corporate interests above the rights of workers and ordinary people. When the totality of his record is examined, Senators should reject this nominee.”
The full letter is linked here.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference, visit www.civilrights.org.