“We are deeply disappointed that Senate Republicans have voted to confirm a nominee who is clearly unfit to serve as a federal judge,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy. “Grasz’s confirmation is in line with the Trump-Pence administration’s alarming trend of advancing under-qualified nominees with terrible anti-equality records. This radical ideological transformation of our justice system will lead to long-term, harmful consequences that will live well beyond the Trump-Pence administration.”
Grasz served on the board of a non-profit that backed the abusive practice of conversion therapy
on LGBTQ minors and was unwilling to clarify his own views during his confirmation hearing. He said that language protecting people on the basis of “sexual orientation” opened the door for protections for pedophiles
and argued Nebraska should not recognize
marriage equality in other states. Grasz also opposed allowing same-sex parents to adopt. The American Bar Association deemed him unqualified to serve
for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals seat.
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