Monday, December 12, 2005

LGBT groups will oppose Alito, Bush's pick for Supreme Court

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According to an article published by News, a group of National LGBT groups announced Monday that they will stand opposed to the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. The groups which made the announcement include Lambda Legal, The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Human Rights Campaign, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. "A nominee to the Court bears the burden of demonstrating that he or she is committed to rigorously enforcing the principles of equal protection and due process. Mere assurances before or during a hearing are not enough," they said in a joint statement. According to the article:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman said that Alito’s appointment "would spell disaster for LGBT Americans for decades to come." "His judicial record fully reflects his embrace in the 1980s of the right wing agenda and is completely antithetical to the constitutional principles and values on which our rights and equal protection guarantees rest,” said Foreman. The National Black Justice Coalition also announced its opposition to Alito. “The Supreme Court is the final arbiter of our laws and its rulings can drastically impact the lives, liberties, and rights of all Americans," the NBJC said in a statement. "No individual should be confirmed to the Supreme Court unless he or she has clearly demonstrated a strong commitment to the protection of civil rights and liberties, human rights, privacy, and religious freedom. In these areas, the evidence reviewed to date shows that Judge Alito's record is highly troubling." The NBJC said that Alito's "overall record reveals a jurist whose views are well out of the judicial mainstream on a number of issues."


I think Alito is one of the worst choices for the Supreme Court, and LGBT groups coming together to oppose Alito is a great and wonderful thing. Lets hope the Democrats and sensible minded Republicans can oppose him and keep him off the Supreme Court.
I'm not to sure about Alito... and here is why (text from the article):

In 2001, Judge Alito authored a decision in Saxe v. State that declared unconstitutional a public school district policy that prohibited harassment against students because of their sexual orientation or other characteristics.

The policy focused on harassment that had the purpose or effect of interfering with a student's educational performance or creating and intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Alito reasoned that the policy was unconstitutional because it could cover what he called "simple acts of teasing and name-calling."

But as a law student the now conservative Alito argued that discrimination against gays in hiring ''should be forbidden."

In one case he stuck down a school harassment policy (which I fond appaling) but as a law student he wrote that gays and lesbians should not be discriminated against. In one case he is anti-gay and the other he is pro-gay. The thing I can't decide is whether he is anti- or pro-gay now.
i just think, for my own opinion's sake, his stance on abortion and his unclear stances on gay issues and rights, he should not be approved.