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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 03:38 AM

Anti-LGBTQ Attorney Matthew Kacsmaryk Confirmed as Federal Judge

Source: advocate.com

June 19 2019 4:37 PM EDT Updated June 19 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Matthew Kacsmaryk, who has endorsed the view that being transgender is a “delusion” and referred to the Equality Act as the “inequality act,” was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today to be a federal district judge for the Northern District of Texas.

Kacsmaryk was confirmed to the lifetime appointment by a vote of 52-46, with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine joining united Democrats in voting against him, the Washington Blade reports. Collins, often considered a moderate, drew criticism for her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court last year, but she said she would oppose Kacsmaryk for his stances against LGBTQ and reproductive rights.

LGBTQ groups and other civil rights organizations denounced his confirmation. Matthew Kacsmaryk is among the most anti-LGBTQ judicial nominees put forward by the Trump-Pence administration,” said a statement issued by Human Rights Campaign Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “He has a long history of virulently anti-LGBTQ opinions and positions — including his deeply disturbing opposition to same-sex marriage, his vocal hostility towards legal protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, and his shocking refusal to recognize the basic humanity of transgender people. Kacsmaryk fails the basic expectation of impartiality and commitment to equality under the law that we demand of every member of the bench. The Human Rights Campaign will continue to raise the alarm about Kacsmaryk and future nominees who refuse to protect the rights of all Americans.”

“Matthew Kacsmaryk’s confirmation is going to cause suffering to millions of people in Texas, including many vulnerable individuals,” added Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron. “Kacsmaryk harbors strong hostility to LGBTQ people and to women’s rights. Now, not only will he have the opportunity to curtail equal rights for millions within these communities, but individual women and LGBTQ people who come into his courtroom seeking justice will have to face a judge who has expressed contempt for them. As a judge, Matthew Kacsmaryk is going to ruin lives, and there is no way to minimize that very sad fact.”

In addition to his remarks about the Equality Act and signing on to a letter that called being transgender is a “delusion,” Kacsmaryk has opposed marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate, among other far-right positions.

Kacsmaryk is currently deputy general counsel at First Liberty Institute, a legal nonprofit based in Plano, Texas, that focuses on “religious liberty” cases, which at First Liberty generally means opposing LGBTQ and reproductive rights. He has represented the Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, that refused to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was sued for discrimination. After an Oregon administrative agency and state courts held that the bakery indeed violated the state’s antidiscrimination law, Sweet Cakes appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which Monday sent the case back to the state courts for reconsideration. He also filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a similar case, supporting Masterpiece Cakeshop’s right to deny service to customers based on religious objections.........................................

Read more: https://www.advocate.com/politics/2019/6/18/pols-and-activists-oppose-abhorrent-judge-nominee-matthew-kacsmaryk


Kacsmaryk has called trans people "delusional" and the Equality Act the "inequality act."

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riversedge Jun 20 OP
Behind the Aegis Jun 20 #1
Lonestarblue Jun 20 #2
denvine Jun 20 #3
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 20 #4
LogicFirst Jun 20 #5
not_the_one Jun 20 #6

Response to riversedge (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 04:22 AM

1. He's a primary threat to the GLBT, so no prob!

He's probably a secret "mo" anyway.

Just figured I would get the homophobic, heterosexist nonsense out of the way.

Assholes like this are likely going to be a thrown in our sides for years to come. IMO, it is this appointment, and others, why impeachment is not just needed, it is imperative!

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:09 AM

2. Impeachment won't help with this.

It’s McConnell who is pushing through the confirmation of as many judges just like this one as he can. As long as he is in charge of the Senate, Democrats cannot prevent these confirmations. And Trump doesn’t care because these people are part of his base. It will take decades to get rid of these extremist judges, and many people will suffer from their warped decisions for decades to come.

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 10:21 AM

3. Another reminder of how important,

it is to retake the Senate. We can have the House and the Presidency but without the Senate, they will continue to stack the courts or block a Democrat President's nominees.

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 11:37 AM

4. WaPo: Senate confirms Trump judicial nominee who called homosexuality 'disordered'


Senate confirms Trump judicial nominee who called homosexuality ‘disordered’

By Colby Itkowitz
June 19 at 6:57 PM

The Senate confirmed a controversial judicial nominee Wednesday over objections from civil rights groups and Democrats who criticized President Trump’s pick as being hostile to the LGBTQ community. ... Just one Republican, Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), joined every voting Democrat to oppose Matthew Kacsmaryk’s lifetime appointment to the federal bench in the Northern District of Texas. He was confirmed, 52 to 46.

“Mr. Kacsmaryk has demonstrated a hostility to the LGBTQ bordering on paranoia,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said before the vote. “It’s unbelievable that this man has been nominated, and he’s not alone. The parade of narrow-minded, often bigoted people who we’re putting on the bench. . . . One Republican senator rightfully voiced concerns about this man’s fitness. Where are the others?”

Collins, in a statement last week announcing her intention to vote “no,” said Kacsmaryk’s “extreme statements” on LGBTQ and reproductive rights issues “reflect poorly on Mr. Kacsmaryk’s temperament and suggest an inability to respect precedent and to apply the law fairly and impartially.”

While Collins, who had angered LGBTQ and women’s rights groups with her vote for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, sided with them this time, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), another ally of those groups who voted against Kavanaugh, did not. ... Murkowski’s office did not return a request for comment about her vote for Kacsmaryk.

Colby Itkowitz currently covers politics and Congress for The Washington Post. She previously covered health policy, anchored the 'Inspired Life' blog and co-wrote the 'In the Loop' column. She joined the Post in March 2014. Follow https://twitter.com/colbyitkowitz

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 11:43 AM

5. Because

bigotry is alive and well in the republican party.

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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 01:07 PM

6. nowadays

if someone has SO MUCH hate against the gay, there are underlying reasons....

Due to the incredible courage of most lgbt folks in coming out, and most people now know someone in their family, work place, social contacts and business contacts who is gay, it is now affecting them personally. We are no longer the "other". We are across the table from them.

That is why support has increased so much.

Most have adopted the "live and let live" attitude, since we are inescapable.

The remaining haters either want their own sharia law instated based on their own hate-filled religion, or seem to have an inner axe to grind...

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