This excerpt is from a piece originally ran by the Gay City News on September 10, 2020.
Alliance for Justice, a progressive judicial avocacy group, also criticized the president’s list and specifically called out his decision to add VanDyke in light of his anti-LGBTQ bias, as well as Judge Sarah Pitlyk of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, who has a record of opposing abortion rights. The group also called out Duncan, who previously was general counsel for the anti-LGBTQ Becket Fund for Religious Liberty before Trump nominated him to the Fifth Circuit.
“If there’s one thing this president doesn’t lie about, it’s his eagerness to stack the courts with extremists prepared to carry out Republicans’ conservative agenda, overturning access to health care and abortion,” Alliance for Justice president Nan Aron said in a written statement. “We know this to be true from his nominations of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and the more than 200 lower court judges he’s already nominated. Nominees like Sarah Pitlyk and Kyle Duncan would further erode the norms of our justice system, our civil rights, and the protections many Americans take for granted.”