WASHINGTON, DC, March 16, 2016—President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. The National LGBTQ Task Force, the nation’s longest running national LGBTQ advocacy organization, is calling on U.S. Senators to take action on the judge’s nomination immediately.
“Today, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Garland is a highly qualified candidate and now the U.S. Senate must fulfill its obligation of holding a fair hearing and vote on his confirmation to the Court.
“Delaying to fill the Supreme Court vacancy has serious implications for the lives of millions of people for generations to come. Too much is at stake including the future of voting rights, racial justice, economic justice, immigration reform, reproductive rights, and full equality for LGBTQ people. We urge the Senate leadership not to play politics with our judicial system and move the hearing and voting process forward swiftly.
“Failing to hold a fair hearing is not only morally wrong but it is also a complete disregard to the Constitutional responsibilities of the Senate,” said Rea Carey, National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director.
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