April 7, 2017
We will continue to use the law to fight for the rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV everywhere. And we will fight any and all attempts to turn back fundamental Constitutional rights, especially for the most vulnerable.Statement of GLAD Executive Director Janson Wu on the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court: First things first. I have serious concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s record when it comes to critical matters of individual liberty and equal protection. I know you may share those concerns. I have been inspired by the many engaged Americans across the country who have made your voices heard these past few weeks. Thank you. The intensity and the passion about this nomination – from public conversation to the battle in the Senate – reflects how crucial our courts and our laws are. We knew it would be a tough fight. Today, our message to Justice Gorsuch is this: you have accepted a serious responsibility. Your job is to ensure that our laws respect the rights of all Americans – rights that are guaranteed and protected by our Constitution. Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation doesn’t change what we do here at GLAD: we will continue to use the law to fight for the rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV everywhere. And we will fight any and all attempts to turn back fundamental Constitutional rights, especially for the most vulnerable. And we have every right to expect our Supreme Court justices, like all judges, to take their responsibility seriously, and apply the law equally and fairly. From protections for people with HIV to queer youth, from transgender rights to marriage equality, from family protections to employment non-discrimination -we know that when our community stands together and makes the case, we win. And when we are before the Supreme Court again, we will argue what we know to be true: our U.S. Constitution guarantees equal protection and liberty for all.