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Rights groups express anger as Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Rights groups express anger as Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as Supreme Court Justice

Brett Kavanaugh

Rights groups and activists have reiterated their opposition to judge Brett Kavanaugh following his appointment to the US Supreme Court.

Backed by a slim majority of 50-48 in the US Senate, Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice on Saturday (6 October).

A number of LGBTI rights group have expressed their anger and disappointment at Kavanaugh’s confirmation following a fraught and polarizing process.

On Thursday (4 October), 73 LGBTI rights groups signed an open letter in opposition to Kavanaugh being a Supreme Court judge, calling him a ‘narrow-minded ideologue’.

Politically divisive

Kavanaugh is seen as a politically divisive figure, especially after multiple women accused him of sexual assault.

His confirmation came amid chaotic scenes inside and outside the Senate.

The Senate’s vote was interrupted multiple times by protestors in the chambers. The protestors called out ‘Shame!’ at the Republican senators and Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the confirmation.

Thousands of people assembled in the streets of Washington DC to protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Several protestors were arrested.

‘Anti-LGBTQ activists continue to celebrate’

During the process, multiple LGBTI rights groups continued to express their staunch opposition to Kavanaugh.

Following his confirmation, Maine-based LGBTI rights group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released a press release titled ‘The Senate Betrayed and Disgraced Our Country Today’.

In the press release, HRC President Chad Griffin said: ‘In one of the most consequential votes of their lifetimes – and of their constituents’ lifetimes – 50 members of the United States Senate opted to back a dangerous, unqualified nominee who demonstrated he lacks the temperament, honesty, and objectivity required of any judge and continues to face multiple credible allegations of sexual assault that have not been fully investigated.’

‘The harmful consequences of the Senate’s decision to support Brett Kavanaugh will last decades,’ Griffin added.

Rights group GLAAD also tweeted ‘Anti-LGBTQ activists continue to celebrate the Kavanaugh confirmation.’

Kavanaugh’s nomination has been embroiled in controversy, which is not likely to abate despite his confirmed position in the country’s top court.

Numerous LGBTI commentators expressed concern about the initial nomination by US president Donald Trump, saying that conservative views could hinder the development of LGBTI rights in the US.

This anxiety was further heightened when Kavanaugh was accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford while they were in high school. Following this, two other women came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was younger.

Kavanaugh was also criticized for being evasive and angrily lashing out during the Senate hearing addressing the sexual assault allegations.

Undeterred support

Despite the controversy surrounding his nomination, Republican senators have remained undeterred from their support for Kavanaugh.

His supporters also claimed that an ensuing FBI investigation cleared Kavanaugh, though critics were quick to point out the limited scope and short time for the investigation to be conducted.

Maine Senator Susan Collins – who had been considered as a deciding swing vote – was lambasted by LGBTI groups on Friday for supporting Kavanaugh’s appointment, thereby tipping the vote in his favor.

Opponents of Kavanaugh’s confirmation have begun calling on Democratic voters to mobilize for the upcoming midterm elections.

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