(Washington, D.C., October 26, 2020) - This evening, with a 52-48 vote, the Senate confirmed Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court. In response, Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings
issued the following statement: "This is a dark day for our justice system and American democracy. The Supreme Court of the United States, the court of last resort for justice in our country, should not be up for a power grab, but that is exactly what happened today. Amy Coney Barrett deeply alarmed us during her confirmation hearings when she refused to say whether she believed cases that are the backbone of the legal rights of LGBTQ people-such as Lambda Legal's landmark case, Lawrence v. Texas
, which decriminalized same-sex intimacy, and Obergefell v. Hodges
, which legalized same-sex marriage-were correctly decided. We fear that all the progress we have made in recent years is now at risk.