Judge Roberts Threatens to Tip the Court to Far Right

Jul 20, 2005, 01:00 ET from Human Rights Campaign

    WASHINGTON, July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Joe
 Solmonese, President, Human Rights Campaign:
     The rights and freedoms of millions of Americans are at stake as the
 Supreme Court hangs in the balance.  President Bush nominated Judge John G.
 Roberts; now it's the Senate's and the American people's turn to do their job.
     The delicate balance on the Supreme Court is in danger of breaking.  If
 Roe v. Wade falls, so could equality for millions of Americans.
     With the Roberts nomination, the right to privacy and the future of a
 fair-minded Court are in grave danger.  Judge Roberts has disputed the right
 to privacy laid out in Roe v. Wade, and urged that the case be overruled.
 Reversing Roe could undermine fundamental rights to privacy and liberty that
 are the legal underpinning for the freedom of gay, lesbian, bisexual and
 transgender Americans.
     Judge Roberts has advocated for prayer in public schools and for weakening
 the wall between church and state. He should make clear whether or not he
 would distort religion for misuse as a proxy for discrimination. Americans
 deserve a justice who will uphold the separation of church and state.
     The unique powers of the Supreme Court, including the power to revisit
 previous Supreme Court decisions, mean that Judge Roberts' record should be
 subject to rigorous inspection. We will be working closely with our coalition
 partners to ensure that Judge Roberts gets a thorough vetting.
     The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual
 and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It
 effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the
 public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at
 work and in the community.

SOURCE Human Rights Campaign