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Here’s how LGBTI lawmakers are reacting to the Kavanaugh confirmation

Here’s how LGBTI lawmakers are reacting to the Kavanaugh confirmation

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 50-48 vote

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was officially confirmed to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) on Saturday, 6 October.

Kavanaugh has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct. Additionally, many worry his conservative views on things like reproductive health could set the United States back. For instance, he agreed on a religious exemption to the Affordable Care Act that would allow employers to opt out of the mandate to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives.

Moreover, some fear his presence on the SCOTUS could halt the progress made for LGBTI rights.

Here’s what LGBTI lawmakers in the United States are saying about Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

Sen. Baldwin is the first openly gay woman to be elected to the United States Senate.

‘The people of Wisconsin need a fair, non-partisan, and independent Supreme Court Justice,’ Baldwin wrote in a statement. ‘And based on everything we know, I do not have confidence that Judge Kavanaugh would be that justice.’

Representative David Cicilline (D-Rhode Island)

Rep. Cicilline was the first openly gay mayor of a United States capital. He’s been a representative for Rhode Island’s first congressional district since 2011.

Cicilline’s Twitter feed is currently full of calls-to-action to get people voting in the midterm election on 6 November.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York)

Rep. Maloney is the first openly gay person elected to Congress from New York.

On Twitter, Maloney put out a 4-part statement expressing his disappointment at the Kavanaugh confirmation.

‘Regardless of where you come down on Brett Kavanaugh’s judicial opinions, the claims made against this nominee by several women, including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, are credible and cause for concern,’ Maloney wrote.

‘Mr. Kavanaugh’s conduct during the hearing regarding the accusations are also concerning – Supreme Court Justices should be impartial and above political influence. Mr. Kavanaugh has demonstrated that he will be neither.’

‘In addition to those issues, we risk swinging the court away from the reasonable and deliberate decisions of Justice Kennedy and toward partisan extremism. Women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, affirmative action, voting rights, and more are all on the line.’

‘I’m disappointed that the Senate has gone forward with the confirmation of a partisan nominee who’s been credibly accused of sexual assault, and I believe we will have to deal with the fallout of this decision for years to come.’

Representative Mark Takano (D-California)

Rep. Takano is the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress. On Twitter, he called the Kavanaugh confirmation a ‘moral failure.’

Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wisconsin)

Rep. Pocan has served Wisconsin’s second congressional district since 2013. He is the Co-Chair of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.

On Twitter, he reiterated his support of survivors like Dr. Balsey Ford.

‘Senate Republicans were wrong to force through Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation following Dr. Ford’s testimony,’ Pocan wrote.

‘It’s disappointing that there was not a more thorough investigation & the lack of leadership shown by [Donald Trump] and [Mitch McConnell] during this process was shameful.’

‘I’ll continue to stand with Dr. Ford and all women who have the bravery to speak out and take a stand against sexual assault.’

Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona)

Rep. Sinema is the first openly bisexual person elected to Congress. She is currently running to replace Senator Jeff Flake (a key vote in the Kavanaugh confirmation), who declined to run for reelection.

Instead of getting bogged down by the Kavanaugh confirmation, Sinema’s Twitter feed is all about encouraging people to vote.

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