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Trump’s judicial appointments will impact LGBTQ rights far beyond presidency, group says

WASHINGTON – Nearly 40% of judges President Donald Trump appointed to federal appeals courts have a history of hostility toward LGBTQ rights, according to a new report by the LGBT advocacy group Lambda Legal.

The report presents a sobering image for civil rights advocates of Trump’s lasting impact on the federal judiciary – one they say threatens to roll back progress made in advancing the rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

“Our analysis was … about calling out the danger to the rule of law, the danger to the integrity and credibility of the judiciary to be putting forth nominees who fundamentally start from a perspective of LGBTQ people as ‘less than,'”

said Sharon McGowan, legal director for Lambda Legal.

Trump will leave office having significantly altered the make up the federal judiciary, from lower courts to the Supreme Court – an accomplishment made possible by Senate Republicans and one that will create a major obstacle for President-elect Joe Biden.

After four years as president, Trump has appointed three Supreme Court justices and 230 lower court judges to lifetime posts. Many of whom are young, white and male jurists who will have decades to influence and […]

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