Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

HRC Hosts Call for LGBT and Allied Organizations on Garland Nomination

by Jordan Dashow May 03, 2016

On March 16, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court, yet despite his clear qualifications, including almost 25 years in public service and on the federal bench, Senate Republican leadership has continued to block all action on Judge Garland's nomination.

HRC hosted a call today for LGBT and allied organizations to provide an update on the status of Merrick Garland’s nomination, what's at stake for the LGBT community and ways that groups can help advance the nomination. Speakers on the call included HRC President Chad Griffin and Kathleen Hartnett, former Associate White House Counsel and Department of Justice Attorney.

During his opening remarks, Chad Griffin emphasized the importance of the Supreme Court to the LGBT community.

“Over the past 25 years, the LGBT community has benefited from the court’s groundbreaking affirmation of constitutional protections due to LGBT people…[and] these cases all underscore the need for nine justices on the Supreme Court bench, each with a robust understanding of the fundamental rights and Equal Protections for all Americans,” Griffin said. “And that is why the Human Rights Campaign and our partners on the call today continue to urge Senate Republicans to stop playing politics with our nation's highest court, to do their job, and to grant President Obama’s nominee the hearing he deserves. There is no doubt that Merrick Garland is a highly qualified candidate, and the Senate has a Constitutional responsibility to give him swift and fair consideration.”  

The decisions made by the Supreme Court establish important legal precedents that impact the daily lives of all Americans -- and have in a number of crucial cases determined the rights of LGBT Americans. This year alone, the Court is expected to rule on many crucial issues--including affirmative action, immigration, religious exemptions and access to reproductive care--and the American people deserve a Court with a full bench.

HRC is committed to ending the obstruction of the judicial confirmation process, and earlier this year, HRC joined dozens of progressive advocacy organizations around the country for the #DoYourJob National Day of Action to urge Senate Republicans to fulfill their constitutional obligation and hold confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. You can sign HRC’s petition calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to stop playing politics and to fulfill his constitutional obligation here.

To learn more about Judge Merrick Garland, visit HRC’s webpage on his nomination.

Jordan Dashow
Jordan Dashow


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Think

Investigation Launched Into Christopher Biggins’s Biphobic “Big Brother” Comments

by Jeff Taylor September 26, 2016

Christopher Biggins didn’t last too long on Celebrity Big Brother after his big mouth got him into trouble, and now his biphobic comments are being looked into by broadcasting watchdog group Ofcom after they 20 complaints. “We’re investigating whether a contestant’s comments about bisexual people were offensive and breached generally accepted standards,” a spokesperson said. Related: “Big Brother [...]

Continue Reading →

Will The Media Throw The Debate To Trump By Grading It On A Curve Unfair To Hillary?

by JohnGallagher September 26, 2016

Tonight’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the equivalent of pitting the smartest kid in the class against the school bully. Objectively, you know the smartest kid is going to win. But in this case, the judges are secretly rooting for the bully. Even Trump’s supporters don’t pretend that he cares [...]

Continue Reading →

PHOTOS: Lost Tourists Wander Into Folsom Street Fair & More From The Wild Weekend

by Graham Gremore September 26, 2016

Last weekend marked the 33rd annual Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, the annual BDSM and leather subculture street festival held each September. Thousands of men and women turned out to indulge in their wildest fantasies and fetishes. Related: Flip Flops And Armpits And Corpses, Oh My! Guys Describe Favorite Fetishes It was a weekend of nonstop [...]

Continue Reading →