The director of a judicial activist group, Take Back the Court wrote to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Samuel Alito demanding that they recuse themselves from upcoming cases concerning LGBTQ rights.
Take Back’s executive director Aaron Belkin wrote a letter concerning a recent photo showing Kavanaugh and Alito posing with members of NOM and the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith.
The Supreme Court recently heard arguments in multiple cases that could have serious implications for LGBTQ employment rights and NOM has filed a brief in at least one of the cases, urging the court to rule in opposition.
The group’s president Brian Brown, boasted when posting the contentious photo Twitter account saying it was a
“Great day at the US Supreme Court”
Brown is also the president of the World Congress of Families, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Belkin claims that both Kavanaugh and Alito cannot be impartial writing that,
“The credibility and impartiality of the current Supreme Court is in tatters.
Posing for photographs with the president of an advocacy organization that has filed briefs in matters pending before the court makes a mockery of Chief Justice Roberts’ assertion that a judge’s role is to impartially call balls and strikes.
If you refuse to recuse yourselves, this incident will further illustrate the urgent need for structural reform of the Supreme Court in order to restore a Court that understands its role is to protect individual rights and our democracy.”
Belkin wrote on legal news website Law&Crime,
“Justices Kavanaugh’s and Alito’s inappropriate conduct underscores the importance of judicial reform including expanding the Court. The Justices seem to be flaunting that they have the power to disregard ethics, decency and fairness, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. But I’m not so sure that they’re right.”
The court is expected to rule on the LGBTQ cases in 2020.
(Photos, YouTube; via Newsweek)