Judge Neil Gorsuch is a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (which is based in Denver). He was appointed by Chimpy McStagger (so that should be a warning sign right there). He is 49, so if approved will be there for most of our lifetimes.
Gorsuch a radical, Fat Tony-like “originalist.” To originalists, the Constitution is carved in stone.
Originalism is a trope, a pretext for pushing a radical conservative ideas. Most of the rights we need for a secular society are not written in the Constitution (abortion rights, for instance, or marriage equality, or even entire segments of society having voting rights). A lot has changed since 1789.
Last year Gorsuch joined an ACA case, arguing that the lack of an exemption for religious employers made the law unconstitutional. Gorsuch argued that employers should be able to deny access to contraception for their employees, you know, if it bothered your boss’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Because corporations and CEOs are more equal than people? Sure, why not. It probably also bothers them that you are doing the nasty and Un-married, or doing the nasty with a person of a different color.
If Gorsuch is approved, the judiciary could gut equality laws that would allow private business to proudly post their We Don’t Serve Your Kind signs again. (You know, those sincerely held religious beliefs again). And they would allow public servants like Kim Davis the same right. Y’all Qaeda doesn’t need to overturn the marriage equality decision, or Roe, they just need someone like Gorsuch to empower bigots to deny services to the ‘mos and sluts.
All of our rights are hanging by a thread, people, if Pence gets his man. Call your reps, apply pressure. Remember: Merrick Garland. The GOP set the precedent.
I don't care if the Senate is voting on pizza toppings, the vote from the Dems should be "NO!"
— Tengrain (@Tengrain) February 1, 2017