Tomorrow, we mark one year since oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges were heard at the Supreme Court of the United States. The historic case eventually brought marriage equality to all 50 states, showing the power and influence the Supreme Court has on the rights and freedoms of all Americans.
That’s why the battle over the current Supreme Court vacancy is so crucial.
President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the open seat, however, Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans have thus far failed to fulfill their constitutional obligation and hold confirmation hearings for Judge Garland.
HRC has joined dozens of progressive advocacy organizations around the country, reminding Republican Senators that justice delayed is justice denied. By refusing to consider President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, these Senators are standing in the way of democracy. Judge Merrick Garland deserves fair consideration, which means a timely committee hearing and a confirmation vote by the full Senate.
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.
Take action now with HRC and tell Mitch McConnell to stop playing politics and fulfill his constitutional obligation – urge him to hold confirmation hearings immediately for Judge Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.