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Task Force calls
for LGBT Americans to oppose Alito nomination

Task Force calls
for LGBT Americans to oppose Alito nomination

The NGLTF is urging gays and lesbians to contact their U.S. senators to oppose Samuel Alito as a Supreme Court nominee.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force on Wednesday urged gay men and lesbians to contact their U.S. senators to oppose Samuel Alito as a replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. "The confirmation of Alito would put in mortal danger the constitutional and other legal rights and interests of LGBT people across the country," Matt Foreman, the group's executive director, said in a statement. "If Alito serves on the Supreme Court, he will no longer be subject to any sort of review. He would team up with justices Scalia and Thomas to have their extremist views become the law of the land." Alito again appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as his confirmation hearing continued. NGLFT listed specific reasons why they oppose the nominee: --Privacy: Alito's record presents a mortal danger to the right of privacy protected by the Constitution that is described in Lawrence v. Texas as an "autonomy of self" and has been held to include the right of adults to consensual intimate activity and the right of women to reproductive choice. --Equal protection: Alito's record threatens the right of LGBT people under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to be free of government discrimination based on the biases and moral views of others, as the Supreme Court ruled in Romer v. Evans. --Power of Congress to protect: Alito's record limits the power of Congress to enact legislation to protect Americans from unfair and unreasonable discrimination--the protection LGBT Americans, like other Americans who have suffered discrimination, hope for in employment and someday in all other important activities and opportunities of American life. --Effectiveness of civil rights laws: Alito's record undermines the rights of individuals currently protected by federal civil rights laws from realizing those protections, through his narrow interpretation of the laws and the imposition of requirements not stated in the laws. --Protection from misuse of "national security": Alito's record so favors the interests of the executive branch (the president) that, with its currently asserted barely fettered authority to implement national security policies, it is likely that Alito would support continued LGBT discrimination in the military and anywhere else such discrimination might be asserted as in the "national security" interest. To contact your senator, call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. (

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