LGBTI groups lament confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to US Supreme Court

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"Today is a new day", said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying Gorsuch would make "an incredible addition to the court". By lowering the vote threshold to a bare majority to confirm a right-wing, anti-woman, anti-labor Supreme Court Justice to the seat stolen from Obama nominee Merrick Garland, Senate Republicans have opened the door for unprecedented partisanship in the Supreme Court justice selection process. "I'm so proud to have someone like Judge Gorsuch who will serve on the Supreme Court with wisdom and distinction, continuing the fine legacy of the man whom he will replace, the late Justice Antonin Scalia".

"I don't think it takes a crystal ball to forecast the outcome of the Friedrichs decision, when it comes back up to the court with a fifth Republican justice", said Sen.

The Senate confirm Gorsuch 54-45 with three Democrats siding with Republicans - Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of IN and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

This was a major win for President Donald Trump as he promised the Republicans previous year during his campaign that he would appoint a committed conservative to the post after Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016. They believe Republicans "stole" the vacant Supreme Court seat from former President Barack Obama, who a year ago nominated Merrick Garland to replace the seat left vacant by the late Antonin Scalia.

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Further easing Gorsuch's transition is that his former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy, remains on the court.

Judge Gorsuch will be sworn in Monday just in time to hear the final 13 cases of this Supreme Court term.

LGBTI groups were against the confirmation of Gorsuch because he has, among other things, ruled that the religious beliefs of employers can trump the law.

"Our democracy simply can not afford a Supreme Court Justice who may bring his own political views into the courtroom. The Senate did its job and I look forward now to seeing Judge Gorsuch on the court". John Thune, R-S.D. "And now we have a great justice on the Supreme Court".

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Admittedly, some Christians have been intolerant at times throughout history, seeking conversions through unethical means. But our creator has given us free will, free will to choose what we believe and what we think about.

While Republicans have trumpeted Gorsuch's sterling reputation, Democrats expressed worry that his record shows he is a jurist who favors big business. And on that he prevailed on a 52-48 party line vote. In exit polls, 21 percent of voters called Supreme Court appointments "the most important factor" to their vote, and among those people 56 percent voted for Trump. The GOP in pushed his nomination through with a simple majority vote instead of the historic two-thirds majority vote.

Stephen Yale-Loehr, who teaches immigration law at Cornell Law School, said Trump has reason for optimism if his travel ban gets considered by the high court, possibly later this year.

This then allowed for the Senate to vote again on whether to end the debate and move Gorsuch's final confirmation hearing to April 7, which it did with a vote of 55 to 45, reports The New York Times.

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