GLAAD statement on the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court

By GLAAD |
June 27, 2018

New York, NY, June 27, 2018 – GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, today released the following statement in response to the announced retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement will allow President Trump to fill his vacancy with yet another anti-LGBTQ justice with a lifetime appointment," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. “As a candidate, Trump went on record as disagreeing with the Supreme Court decision that affirmed marriage equality for LGBTQ people. Given President Trump’s track record of appointing anti-LGBTQ judges, hard won LGBTQ rights and protections are in jeopardy and decisions that support religious exemptions, which legalize discrimination against our community, will need to be resisted.” 

Ellis continued: "If we cannot trust in our nation’s top Court, then now is the time for our community to set our sights higher and prioritize the permanence and safety of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects against discrimination.”

Earlier today, GLAAD called attention to the need for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects against discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. GLAAD also launched a public education campaign to leverage news, entertainment, and social media to inform Americans about the need for federal LGBTQ protections in the wake of more than 75 political and policy attacks by the Trump Administration and over 300 anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in state legislatures around country within the past three years.

Read the full release here: https://www.glaad.org/releases/glaad-proposes-bold-new-solution-protect-lgbtq-americans-%E2%80%9Cit%E2%80%99s-time-amend-constitution%E2%80%9D

For more information and to voice support, LGBTQ Americans and allies can go to at: www.glaad.org/Constitution.

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