Appointment of Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court Represents Threat to LGBTQ Families

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Today’s Senate vote to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court represents a serious threat to progress toward lived and legal equality for LGBTQ families. Since the nomination was announced in December by President Trump, Family Equality Council has joined numerous organizations in demonstrating how Gorsuch’s views on civil rights issues are fundamentally at odds with the notion that LGBT people are entitled to equality, liberty, justice and dignity under the law.

In response to the confirmation vote today, CEO Stan Sloan stated: “Family Equality Council opposed the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and we are disappointed that this confirmation is now a reality. We hope that our fears concerning his ability to assure fair treatment of LGBTQ individuals and families — and members of all marginalized communities — will now be proven wrong, and that Justice Gorsuch rises to support and protect the civil liberties of all Americans.”

About Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the three million parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer in this country today and their six million children of all ages. We are changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated — including families with parents who are LGBTQ. We are a community of parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren and unattached youth that reaches across this country. For almost forty years we have raised our children and raised our voices toward fairness for all families. As we look to the next chapter of our work, we are also focused on LGBTQ youth needing families and the two million LGBTQ adults waiting to foster or adopt in our country.