Task Force: Encouraged by Sotomayor record, confirmation

August 06, 2009

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force released the following statement in response to the confirmation today of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. During the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sotomayor said she would consider, with a "completely open mind," the issue of marriage equality within the context of the case that might come before her.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"Some of the most important issues of our lifetime, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, will be considered by the nation's high court in the coming years. We are encouraged by Judge Sonia Sotomayor's record of fair-minded decisions, particularly in cases addressing the right to privacy.

"As a Latina woman who rose up from humble beginnings to the pinnacle of the judicial ranks, she brings to the bench a keen appreciation and understanding of the struggles regularly faced by ordinary people.

"It is our hope that Judge Sotomayor's inclusion to the Supreme Court will provide a much-needed voice of judicial evenhandedness and temperament, and that she will give a fair and open-minded hearing to the issues of equality that will ultimately come before the court."

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and 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.