I’ll be attending the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus membership meeting this evening in Middleburg Heights. In addition to talking about Representative Jim Renacci and Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, I’ll be adding my letter to Senator Rob Portman encouraging him to vote no on the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of The United States. Here’s copy of my letter:
The Honorable Rob Portman
United States Senate
Washington DC 201510
6 February 2017
Dear Senator Portman:
I write to you this morning to encourage you to vote no on the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of The United States.
There are several reasons why I feel Judge Gorsuch is a bad choice for our highest court, but I would like to focus on one that I think will speak to you and your family: the Constitutional right of members of our LGBTQ community to fair and equal access to all rights enjoyed by citizens. In Obergefell v. Hodges, a divided court ruled on 26 June 2015 in favor of all citizens’ rights—as guaranteed by the 14th amendment to our Constitution—to enter into legal union of marriage.
The right to same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but Judge Gorsuch, and his influence on his mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy, could threaten that ruling, and others not yet before the court, in ways that will cause very real harm to members of the LGBTQ community.
I ask you today to carefully consider what a Justice Gorsuch would mean to your family and the families of all Ohioans.