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10.15.20

Senator Tillis Backing SCOTUS Nominee Who Has A Questionable Record On LGBTQ Rights

Barrett’s Confirmation Would Be A “LGBTQ Rights Emergency”

RALEIGH, NC — This week, we’ve highlighted Senator Tillis’ efforts to downplay concerns over the specifics of Amy Coney Barrett’s record on health care and women’s health. Shrugging off concerns as “just another political stunt,” and saying “it’s not certain how Barrett would vote on Roe if she were confirmed” even as Judge Barrett has signaled support for “full invalidation” of the ACA and has a “clear paper trail on abortion.” 

Today, we’re looking at Judge Barrett’s questionable record on LGBTQ rights. 

Her nomination to the 7th Circuit in 2017 and Supreme Court this year have been opposed by LGBTQ rights advocates and groups. In a Washington Post op-ed, Jim Obergefell, the plaintiff in the Court’s landmark same-sex marriage decision, and Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David wrote “there is a very real possibility that millions of American lives could be upended — and laws could be written and unwritten — if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to replace Ginsburg.” 

Here are the facts: 

  • Barrett appears to oppose extending equal rights to transgender individuals and protecting them from forms of discrimination. 
  • Barrett gave five paid speeches at programs run by the alliance defending freedom, which the Southern Poverty Law Center designated as an anti-LGBTQ “hate group.”
    • When pressed about her connection to the Alliance Defending Freedom, Barrett said she was not aware of all its policy positions.

While Senator Tillis said he would confirm whoever the President nominated, Cal believes that Senator Tillis should take seriously his constitutional duty to vet and confirm judges to the highest court of the land. That’s why he released a series of questions he would ask Judge Barrett. 

Here’s what he would ask on the issue of marriage equality and civil rights: “You said last year that a Supreme Court nominee “can’t answer questions about specific cases, but questions about judicial philosophy should be on the table.” You’ve been clear that you believe precedent can be set aside when making judicial decisions. Does that mean that established precedents on the constitutionality of issues such as marriage equality and civil rights can be overturned even when millions of Americans rely on those precedents? What does that mean for North Carolinians who now enjoy protections under the law because of those decisions?”

“The fact that Senator Tillis has all but given up on providing COVID-19 relief to North Carolinians, but is rubber stamping and rushing a nominee who has a hostile record toward LGBTQ North Carolinians proves he is out of touch with the needs of our state,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “Cal Cunningham understands the story of North Carolina belongs to all of us, will fight back against any form of discrimination, and champion equal rights and treatment under the law.”