Donald Trump met one of his candidates to fill the spot on the Supreme Court this weekend, Judge William Pryor.
As we previously reported, Pryor wrote a legal brief defending Lawrence v. Texas, which outlawed gay sex, in which he compared homosexuality with “polygamy, incest, pedophilia, prostitution, and adultery,” and further claiming that the rights of LGBTQ people are not covered by the Constitution. The law was struck down in 2003.
“This Court [the Supreme Court] has never recognized a fundamental right to engage in sexual activity outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage, let alone to engage in homosexual sodomy,” he said. “Such a right would be antithetical to the ‘traditional relation of the family’ that is ‘as old and as fundamental as our entire civilization.”
In 2005, Lambda Legal called him “the most demonstrably antigay judicial nominee in recent memory,” in opposition to his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
He is believed to be at the top of the list of candidates at this point.
Others include, but are not limited to, Sen. Mike Lee, who is in favor of the First Amendment Defense Act, Justice Don Willet, who has opposed same-sex marriage, Judge Diana Sykes, who supported allowing student groups to discriminate against gay, lesbian and bisexual students, and Justice Charles Canady, who has also opposed same-sex marriage.