Clark Confirmation an Affront to Women, People of Color

Courts News 05.22,19

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Kristine Lucius, executive vice president for policy and government affairs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the Senate’s vote to confirm Stephen Clark to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri:

“In rushing his confirmation, the Senate majority willfully ignored Clark’s appalling participation in private clubs that discriminate against women and people of color. His contention with the basic rationale of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception requirement has also been ignored, as well as his use of language that likened marriage equality with polygamy. His record indicates a troubling insensitivity to issues involving women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ equality. Following this confirmation, women and people of color should have no confusion about where they stand with Stephen Clark and the Senate majority. It is a shame that these lawmakers have rushed this confirmation in their efforts to stack the courts with ideologues who will do their bidding.”

Read The Leadership Conference’s letter in opposition to the confirmation of Stephen Clark.

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 and its member organizations, visit