Post submitted by Viet Tran (he/him/they/them), former HRC Press Secretary
HRC reaffirms its opposition to the nomination of Matthew J. Kacsmaryk to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
Today, HRC reaffirms its opposition to the nomination of Matthew J. Kacsmaryk to be a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas.
“Matthew Kacsmaryk is among the most anti-LGBTQ judicial nominees put forward by the Trump-Pence administration,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “He has been vociferous in his opposition to same-sex marriage, legal protections for gender identity and sexual orientation, and the basic humanity of transgender people. To be qualified for the bench, every nominee must demonstrate a commitment to equality under the law. Kacsmaryk fails a basic expectation of impartiality. The Human Rights Campaign will continue to raise the alarm about Kacsmaryk and other nominees who refuse to protect the rights of all Americans.”
Trump and Pence put forward Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, a lawyer and political commentator with a long history of horrific views on the LGBTQ community. Kacsmaryk has implied that transgender people are “delusional”, opposed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s position that sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, publicly slammed non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people throughout his career, and in opposing aspects of LGBTQ equality like same-sex marriage, has derisively dismissed equality as unwanted symptoms of a “sexual revolution”.
The Human Rights Campaign will continue to stand alongside coalition partners in demanding judicial nominees who uphold the legal rights of all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.