Monday, September 10, 2018

HRC President Chad Griffin Talks Blocking Kavanaugh (AUDIO)

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

The Senate hearings for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are over as we continue our series of audio podcasts with Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the largest LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States addressing why this Supreme Court nomination should be blocked. Last week Griffin stated, “Brett Kavanaugh’s refusal to answer very basic, very direct questions about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling bringing marriage equality nationwide is alarming and completely unacceptable. The Obergefell decision is settled law. If this nominee cannot so much as affirm that or the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and our families, he should not and must not be granted a lifetime appointment to our nation’s highest court. Kavanaugh’s career has been defined by decisions that threaten LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and access to affordable health care. And yet, there is still so much we don’t know about Kavanaugh because Senate Republican leadership is refusing to allow the public access to 97 percent of the documents from his tenure in the Bush White House. During that time, President Bush took stances opposing a federal hate crimes law and advocating for a federal ban on marriage equality. These are issues that impact millions of LGBTQ people and families across America. We deserve honesty and openness when considering a justice for the nation’s highest court. We can’t afford to have Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court, especially given the unprecedented lack of transparency surrounding his confirmation process.”

In this exclusive audio podcast Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ participated in a press conference call last month with Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and hosted by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to discuss what’s at stake for LGBTQ rights in the Supreme Court vacancy and nomination process. Chad Griffin stated “For the LGBTQ community, the urgency of our fight against Kavanaugh’s nomination is not abstract. It is literally about millions of people having a right to live their lives free from discrimination and with access to affordable health care. For decades, anti-LGBTQ extremists have attempted to use our courts as an instrument of oppression against the LGBTQ community. Now, for the second time in two years, they have handpicked one of their own to sit on the nation’s highest court.”

While the Senate gets ready to vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh we will also hear from Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Rachel Tiven, CEO, Lambda Legal, Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and Shannon Minter, Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Call Your Senators & Stay Tuned!
For More Info: hrc.org


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