While hearings over the nomination have raised issues of how Kavanaugh might rule on women's reproductive rights, members of the LGBTQ community are split on how their community will be affected. Some left-leaning organizations worry about the unknowns surrounding the right-leaning judge's opinions on matters affecting their community, particularly with regards to health care and workers rights. Right-wingers argue that Kavanaugh's limited record on those issues indicate he's not interested in interfering in LGBTQ issues.
The civil rights organization has also expressed concern that Kavanaugh could move to overturn the landmark 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that made the right to same sex marriage the law of the land.
During his confirmation hearing last week, Kavanaugh was pushed by
"I'm a judge, I apply the law," Kavnaugh said. "The law of the land protects that right."
Kavanaugh served as Bush's staff secretary in 2006 when the administration was pushing for a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
While Kavanaugh has not ruled on LGBTQ cases as a judge, he's a conservative Catholic who has been criticized for siding with companies that rule they shouldn't have to accommodate employee medical costs that are at odds with ownership's religious beliefs.
One such case was Priests for Life v. HHS, where Kavanaugh went against fellow
Kavanaugh refrained from offering his opinion of topics of that nature during his confirmation hearings because "the scope of employment discrimination law is being litigated right now."
But some conservatives think Kavanaugh will make good on his word to be a constitutionalist and not an activist.
He also thinks groups like the
"What is astonishing is that in the dozen pages issued by the HRC painting Kavanaugh as an enemy of the LGBT community, there is not a single mention of anything he has done, said, or written that could be even remotely construed as anti-LGBT," Angelo said.
That HRC statement primarily expresses concern that records of Kavanaugh's tenure as a
Angelo points out that in 2003, while working for
"Hardly the mark of a raging homophobe jurist," Angelo said.
He also points to the fact that Kavanaugh clerked for retiring Justice
"Kavanaugh served the most quantifiably pro-gay
Republican lawmakers have accused
For same sex couple
"At this point, we're not really concerned about marriage equality being repealed," said Sugar, 35. She and her 32-year-old fiancee are already business partners as co-founders of Daloway Chocolate.
"We're more grateful that Obergefell v Hodges was heard by the
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