Conservative pundit Brad Polumbo has ordered a new novelty t-shirt and made sure to share his excitement.
“ORDERED,” he tweeted along with a photo of a t-shirt that says “I’m gay for Gorsuch” with a photo of conservative Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch wearing a photoshopped rainbow tie.
Twitter being what it is, had thoughts. Needless to say, most were not supportive of the homage to Gorsuch.
Gorsuch joined fellow conservative John Roberts and liberal Justices Ginsburg, Kagan, Sotomayor, and Breyer to rule in favor of LGBTQ employment nondiscrimination protections. Gorsuch wrote the favorable opinion.
Up to now, Gorsuch has been such a reliable vote for the right that Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the law school at the University of California at Berkeley, told the Washington Post last year that “he’s everything conservatives hoped for and liberals feared.”
Nothing in Gorsuch’s record that indicates any real sympathy for LGBTQ people. He voted in favor of the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military personnel. He issued a dissent in a case involving same-sex parents wanting to have both their names on their child’s birth certificate, arguing in favor of a “biology based birth registration regime.”
Most concerning of all is Gorsuch’s affinity with religious liberty arguments, the tool that conservatives are using to carve out exceptions to LGBTQ rights. Gorsuch made a bit splash in 2013 when he ruled that the craft store chain Hobby Lobby was entitled to religious freedom of expression.
While responses to the shirt were overwhelmingly negative, one person did respond to gleefully report that their nephew created the shirts.
“Your nephew sucks shit,” another user responded.
“Well that’s not a very nice thing to say,” the family member shot back.
“It’s true though,” another quickly pointed out.
your nephew sucks shit
— 1312/40% (@SAMOYEDCORE) June 15, 2020
it's true though
— femboy corona truther (@xX69_isis_69Xx) June 16, 2020
— Nick (@MemphisNicks) June 16, 2020
— Brad Polumbo 🇺🇸 🏳️🌈 (@brad_polumbo) June 15, 2020
— botbotbot (@botboy420) June 15, 2020
Holy fuck this sucks ass so much. God they'll give a fucking checkmark to any moron won't they?
— FlowDelPhoenix (@FlowDelPhoenix1) June 15, 2020