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Conservative says Trump’s SCOTUS nominee means LGBTQ rights “will no longer see the light of day”

Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6, 2017
Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 6, 2017 Photo: Screenshot/CSPAN

Anti-LGBTQ activist Brian Brown told supporters that Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will be essential to ensuring that rights “for homosexuals and the so-called transgendered… will no longer see the light of day.”

In an ecstatic email blast, Brown urged supporters to send the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) money to “deploy a comprehensive pressure campaign aimed at holding Republican Senate votes to confirm President Trump’s pick to the Supreme Court.”

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Brown, who is also currently the president of the SPLC-designated hate group World Congress of Families, told followers that getting Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court would shift the court so far to the right that the left is “threatening the country with total chaos, including violence,” in an email blast posted to JMG.

Brown told his followers that Coney Barrett’s nomination could mean a “reversal of Roe v. Wade,” the Supreme Court decision that guarantees the right to an abortion.

“It could also pave the way for the restoration of marriage to our laws and scrapping the illegitimate, anti-constitutional imposition of same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation,” he wrote.

Her appointment to the Supreme Court “will mean that religious liberty will be restored to its rightful place as a foundational constitutional right, and that the fake ‘rights’ that are constantly demanded by the left – including special rules for homosexuals and the so-called transgendered – will no longer see the light of day.”

“You can be certain that LGBT extremists will be doing everything in their power to block this confirmation,” Brown wrote. “It’s imperative that we be on the front lines fighting for control of the Supreme Court by demanding that Republicans support President Trump’s nominee.”

He has reason to believe that Coney Barrett will work against LGBTQ rights while on the Supreme Court. In 2015, just after the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in all 50 states in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, she signed an open letter supporting the Catholic Church’s teachings “on the meaning of human sexuality, the significance of sexual difference and the complementarity of men and women; on openness to life and the gift of motherhood; and on marriage and family founded on the indissoluble commitment of a man and a woman.”

A former clerk of the extreme anti-LGBTQ Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett opposes marriage equality, the Affordable Care Act, and abortion rights.

“It is impossible to overstate how much is at stake, not only for LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV, but for our entire country,” said Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings in a statement.

“If confirmed, Judge Amy Coney Barrett will unleash a Supreme Court majority that is hostile to all of our basic civil rights, and the impact will be felt for decades,” Jennings continued, noting that Barrett’s “personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman, coupled with her unwillingness to affirm that the Supreme Court’s decision making marriage equality the law of the land is settled law, should sound the alarm for anyone who cares about LGBTQ people and their families.”

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