Joan Larsen is an Adversary of LGBTQ Progress

by HRC Staff

Post submitted by Lucas Acosta (he/him), former Deputy Director of Communications, Politics

Reports suggest that Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Joan Larsen may be a front-runner to be nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for LGBTQ equality. Larsen has a history of ruling against LGBTQ equality and writings that clearly outline an anti-equality ideology.

Larsen opposed giving Obergefell full effect as a State Supreme Court Justice in Michigan:

In 2016, as a State Supreme Court Justice in Michigan, Joan Larsen joined a majority opinion failing to give the Obergefell decision full effect in the state of Michigan by refusing to reconsider a case denying parental visitation rights to a lesbian mother who would have been married to her ex-partner had same-sex marriage been legal at the time the couple was together.

Larsen wrote in opposition to the pro-equality decision Lawrence vs. Texas:

In a 2004 article, Joan Larsen wrote that the ruling in Lawrence vs. Texas was “remarkable” and that the majority’s reasoning “should alarm us.” The 2003 Lawrence vs. Texas decision was a landmark decision that decriminalized same sex relationships.

Larsen joined the majority in ruling in favor of allowing anti-LGBTQ preacher without a permit to disrupt a Pride event:

In 2018, Joan Larsen joined a majority opinion, ruling that an anti-LGBTQ preacher without a permit had the right disrupt a Pride event by spew hate speech through a bullhorn in Nashville, Tennessee. The city sought to enforce a neutral permitting requirement that applied to all speakers.