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posted Friday, June 29, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 26
Justice Kennedy retires from SCOTUS
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Justice Kennedy retires from SCOTUS

Prospects for much more hostile court

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced June 27 that he will retire from the US Supreme Court, a decision that opens the way for the Trump administration to remodel the high court in his own image.

While he was a reliable conservative vote on most issues before the court, Kennedy also favored expanded legal protections for LGBT Americans. He was also a moderate on reproductive choice, voting against state laws that made reproductive choice inaccessible to women.

In 2013, Kennedy wrote the majority opinion in USA v. Windsor in which the court struck down DOMA, and two years later he also wrote for the majority in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

'The limitation of marriage to opposite-sex couples may long have seemed natural and just, but its inconsistency with the central meaning of the fundamental right to marry is now manifest,' Kennedy wrote at the time.

'With that knowledge must come the recognition that laws excluding same-sex couples from the marriage right impose stigma and injury of the kind prohibited by our basic charter.'

Other conservatives were outraged by the decision, charging that Kennedy was simply imposing the policy decisions he preferred, rather than applying the Constitution. His Supreme Court colleague, Antonin Scalia, called Kennedy's opinion 'as pretentious as its content is egotistic.'

Possible successors to Kennedy include Utah Sen. Mike Lee and federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Lee is the prime sponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, a measure that would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers based on a 'sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.'

Kavanaugh, a former Anthony Kennedy law clerk with close ties to the retiring justice, is also a former White House lawyer for President George W. Bush. He wrote an appeals court opinion ruling that Donald Trump could fire the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at will.

Anti-choice conservatives are already licking their chops over the prospect of an enhanced right-wing majority on the Supreme Court.

'The most important commitment that President Trump has made to the pro-life movement has been his promise to nominate only pro-life judges to the Supreme Court, a commitment he honored by swiftly nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch,' said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-choice group the Susan B. Anthony List.

'We trust him to follow through on his promise,' she added.

'That promise should set off alarm bells for anyone who cares about women - and the Constitution,' responded Nancy Northup, president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights. 'The future of reproductive rights is on the line.'

Others said the stakes are bigger than that.

'This is a monumental moment for our country,' said Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 'The very integrity of our justice system and the rule of law will be affected by the confirmation of a new justice to the Supreme Court.'

'An already right-leaning Supreme Court is poised to become the most conservative institution in the entire history of America's government,' said Thomas C. Goldstein, a Washington lawyer and founder of SCOTUSblog.com.

'Justice Kennedy was the last obstacle to reshaping our law on a host of hot-button issues,' he concluded.

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