Supreme Court Frontrunner Amy Coney Barrett Poses Threat to LGBTQ+ Rights

Barrett has come out against marriage equality and has ties to anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups.

Amy Coney Barrett is reportedly on President Donald Trump’s shortlist of candidates to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Just days after Ginsburg’s passing, the President unveiled his plan to announce a new Supreme Court nominee on Saturday. While he has not finalized his decision yet, Judge Barrett is at the top of the list.

Appointed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, Barrett has a dismal and concerning record on LGBTQ+ rights.

She began her legal career as a clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who once compared gay people to murderers and animal abusers.

As a staunch opponent of marriage equality herself, Barrett signed a letter in 2015 that described marriage as an “indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.” She also defended the dissenting opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges.

In 2016, she took aim at transgender rights, claiming that Title IX protections should not extend to trans people.

As if this wasn’t enough, Barrett also has ties to a number of anti-LGBTQ+ hate groups, including the American Family Association, the Alliance Defending Freedom, and the American Principles Project.

This is not the first time she has been a Supreme Court frontrunner, however. It’s also not the first time her candidacy and possible nomination has been opposed.

When she was being considered to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in 2018, Lamba Legal and 26 other LGBTQ+ organizations sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee opposing her nomination.

“[W]e have concluded that [Barrett’s] views on civil rights issues are fundamentally at odds with the notion that [LGBTQ+] people are entitled to equality, liberty, justice, and dignity under the law,” the letter read.

Now that Barrett is once again at the top of Trump’s list of Supreme Court candidates, critics are worried that her potential appointment could lead to anti-LGBTQ+ rulings in the near future.

It is also not outside the realm of possibility that previous cases, like Obergefell v. Hodges, could be undermined or overruled.

On Tuesday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) published a list of her offenses, calling her a “threat to LGBTQ rights.”

“Amy Coney Barrett’s history tells a story of anti-LGBTQ ideology, opposing basic rights thought to be settled law, and an anti-choice ideology out of step with popular opinion,” the HRC said in a press release.

While she is not the only Supreme Court candidate being considered, Trump reportedly told confidants last year that he was “saving her for Ginsburg.”

Even the possibility of Barrett replacing Ginsburg feels like a slap in the face, especially since RBG was such a fierce advocate for equality and LGBTQ+ rights.

Ginsburg co-founded the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project, while Barrett has ties to the hate group that defended the anti-LGBTQ+ Colorado baker. What a depressing and alarming contrast.

Freelance writer covering culture, politics, and LGBTQ+ rights. catherineann.caruso@gmail.com

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