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Lambda Legal Opposes the Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
‘John Roberts had every opportunity to demonstrate whether he is committed to fairness and equality, but chose to dodge key questions. He provided no evidence of his commitment to these fundamental principles, and without such a commitment he is not qualified to serve.’
(New York, September 19, 2005) — After careful consideration, Lambda Legal announced today its opposition to the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kevin Cathcart, Executive Director of Lambda Legal, made the following statement:
“John Roberts had every opportunity to demonstrate whether he is committed to fairness and equality, but chose to dodge key questions. He provided no evidence of his commitment to these fundamental principles, and without such a commitment he is not qualified to serve. As a result, we are opposing his nomination.
“Our position stems from our firm belief that gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV must have a level playing field when they appear before the Court. The Constitution requires this and it is every justice’s responsibility to ensure that it happens.
“John Roberts has not demonstrated that he will meet this responsibility and therefore is not qualified for a lifetime appointment as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Lambda Legal opposes his nomination, and we urge the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to vote ‘no’ on confirmation.”
Among others things, Lambda Legal bases its decision on the following:
1) While Roberts stated that there is a right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution, he refused to elaborate in any meaningful way on its reach. What little can be gleaned from his comments suggests that he could take a very restrictive approach to privacy protections, with an undue emphasis on the country’s history and traditions that could disenfranchise minority groups who historically have been denied those protections.The full statement of opposition can be found at: www.lambdalegal.org/cgi-bin/iowa/courtingjustice/index.html?page=justice_robertsopposition.
In late August, in anticipation of John Roberts’s confirmation hearings, Lambda Legal delivered 30 questions to the Senator Judiciary Committee that were designed to determine whether Roberts had a commitment to fairness and equality for LGBT people and people with HIV. The substance of many of those questions were posed to Roberts last week. The questions can be found at www.lambdalegal.org/cgi-bin/iowa/courtingjustice/index.html?page=justice_questions.
Lisa Hardaway 212-809-8585 ext.266; Cell: 402-369-2104 Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
by alfayoko2005 | 2005-09-20 17:19