One Colorado Statement on Donald Trump’s Announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch as U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

January 31, 2017

Today, One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Coloradans and their families, released the following statement from Executive Director, Daniel Ramos, on Donald Trump’s announcement of Justice Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“President Donald Trump is proving he is no friend to the LGBTQ community with the nomination of Justice Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his time on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Justice Gorsuch repeatedly ruled in favor of individuals and businesses being able to ignore laws they don’t like and claim their religion is the reason why — including in the landmark Hobby Lobby case.

“Religious freedom is a core American value that we all cherish, and it is already protected by the Constitution. Attempts to give a license to discriminate through religious exemptions are contrary to the notion that we should treat others as we wish to be treated and scores of faith leaders have spoken out against such policies — including last week here in Colorado.

“A Supreme Court that would rule in support of religious exemptions would certainly open LGBTQ Americans up to discrimination and open up a can of worms that could allow individuals to ignore child welfare, domestic violence, or other laws that someone could contend is contrary to their religion.

“The Supreme Court has the potential to shape the future of our nation for generations to come and Supreme Court Justices should be committed to upholding America’s promise of fairness and freedom for all. We call on Colorado’s U.S. Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to reject President Trump’s nominee.”