By now, you have heard that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31. His retirement has understandably provoked feelings of distress, anxiety, and anger among LGBTQ advocates. Justice Kennedy authored four of the court's landmark opinions on the rights of same-sex couples, and often served as a crucial swing vote in cases impacting the LGBTQ community.
Justice Kennedy’s legacy will remain – but the reality is that the American people should have a say in choosing his replacement, and the Senate should consider the nominee only after the new Congress is seated. Take a minute to urge your Senator to demand a nominee who supports equality and opposes discrimination. Remember, Supreme Court Justices have a tenure for life.
What else can you do? Pledge to exercise your constitutional right to vote in the midterm elections. EVERY vote counts. With over 9.4 million LGBTQ voters in the United States, we can make a big impact this year. Our #PromoteTheVote toolkit has everything you need to get your friends and families to the polls this November.
The proof that one truly believes is in action. --Bayard Rustin