Today President Trump gets his announced mission fully under way to place conservative justices on the Supreme Court.
Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch faces confirmation hearings starting today after his nomination to fill the seat of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died of a heart attack in February 2016. Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel's founder and a constitutional law expert, points out that the American Bar Association has given Gorsuch its top ranking.
"From a qualification standpoint and a judicial philosophy standpoint, he's more than qualified, and certainly his judicial philosophy is what you want." Staver continues, "The concern, I think, that has been raised is this association with his very liberal church that is pro-LGBT, pro-abortion."
In addition to that, a former law clerk of his has announced entering into an unnatural marriage, and according to media reports, and Gorsuch congratulated him on that.
"Those are obvious concerns," Staver asserts. "I wish that this was not part of the confirmation process or not part of Judge Gorsuch. On the other hand, it seems from his judicial philosophy that even if he is more pro-LGBT in his own personal ideology … I would hope that based on his philosophy he would not impose that as a judge."
Gorsuch has been described as a strict originalist, meaning he focuses on the Constitution and the intent behind it rather than the judicial activism the U.S. has witnessed in recent years. Other issues are certain to surface in the confirmation hearings as well, such as the fact that he is no fan of assisted suicide/euthanasia.