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Task Force calls Sandra Day O’Connor’s pending retirement a ‘sad day’ for America

Date: 
July 01, 2005

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's pending retirement from high court a 'sad day' for America

Task Force urges President Bush to 'not capitulate' to the demands of extremists

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WASHINGTON, July 1 — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman appointed to the nation's high court and a crucial swing vote on issues such as abortion and the death penalty, announced today that she is retiring. O'Connor said she will leave the court before the start of its next term in October, or when the U.S. Senate confirms her successor.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

"This is a sad day for the Supreme Court and for America. Justice O'Connor has frequently been an essential vote and voice of reason in crucial decisions involving basic constitutional rights. We call upon President Bush not to capitulate to the demands of extremists, and nominate a successor who will — like Justice O'Connor — be driven by the law, not reactionary ideology.

"We also call upon the president to honor the advice and consent role the Constitution gives the Senate in the nomination and confirmation of Supreme Court nominees, including meaningful consultation with both parties and supporting a thoughtful, deliberate and thorough review of the nominee's record."

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.