As a lawyer at a Washington law firm in the early 2000s, Judge Gorsuch represented Mr. Anschutz, his companies and lower-ranking business executives as an outside counsel. The first day will have opening statements by committee members and Gorsuch. At the ACS blog, Caroline Frederickson stresses the importance of the hearing, arguing that there "are real concerns raised by the litmus tests that the president promised that his judicial nominee has met" and that "Gorsuch's record on the bench demonstrates a departure from decades of precedent", and that because the "hearing is the only opportunity for the public to hear directly from the nominee, himself", "it is vital that senators ask him tough questions and demand answers".
Judge Gorsuch understands the job of a judge is to decide what the law says, not what he thinks it ought to be based on his own personal beliefs.
On Wednesday, Schumer warned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., against changing Senate rules to allow Gorsuch's confirmation.
Schumer's comments come five days before Gorsuch's confirmation hearings begin Monday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Additional names added to a subsequent iteration of the letter include the Victory Institute and Service & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE.
"The information we're learning about Neil Gorsuch's time at the Department of Justice only underscores how deeply concerned Americans should be that this nominee won't be a meaningful check on Donald Trump's illegal and unconstitutional agenda". In 2006, Mr. Anschutz successfully lobbied Colorado's lone Republican senator and the Bush administration to nominate Judge Gorsuch to the federal appeals court.
Several LGBT rights cases are working their way through federal judiciary to potential Supreme Court arguments, including one involving protections for transgender students.
Although Gorsuch has never ruled on the issue of same-sex marriage, the nominee wrote a scathing piece in 2005 for the National Review titled "Liberals & Lawsuits" excoriating the progressive movement for seeking advancements in the courts.
In 2009, Gorsuch joined an published opinion before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Kastl v. Maricopa County Community College District, which found transgender people aren't protected under the provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 barring sex discrimination.
Judge Gorsuch's nomination is unique in an important way: It has buy-in from in voters and the American people.
The offices of Grassley and Feinstein didn't respond to the Washington Blade's request to comment on the Gorsuch letter from LGBT groups.