President Donald Trump has nominated Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch to a vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court.
And that looks like a great nomination.
Trump, true to his campaign promise, picked Gorsuch from a list of 21 potential nominees he released during last year’s presidential campaign. Gorsuch is on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver.
Gorsuch will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Democrats are furious that Trump would dare nominate a conservative – like Scalia – who is a proponent of originalism when it comes to interpreting the Constitution.
Even though the progressives lost the presidency, they want a liberal on the court. That’s not going to happen with President Trump.
Gorsuch is a textualist and an originalist who believes judges should follow the text and original meaning of the Constitution. He correctly ruled in favor of religious liberty in the cases of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Little Sisters of the Poor.”
In the Hobby Lobby case, Gorsuch wrote: “The ACA’s [Obamacare] mandate requires them to violate their religious faith by forcing them to lend an impermissible degree of assistance to conduct their religion teaches to be gravely wrong.”
Hobby Lobby is owned by the Green Family, a devout Christian family who are opposed to abortion on Biblical and moral grounds. They do not oppose the use of contraceptives by their employees – they oppose being forced to pay for health coverage that includes forms of abortion.
Gorsuch and the U.S. Supreme Court agree.
Gorsuch has a spotless background. Democrats will try to find some dirt on him and Democrat senators will try to stall his confirmation. They won’t win this time.
Judge Gorsuch should be confirmed. And let’s hope that President Trump gets to nominate several more replacements in the next eight years of his presidency.