LGBT Americans Respond to SCALIA Death

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeoblogda | February 13, 2016  

I just turned on CNN and saw the news. SCALIA is DEAD!  Sitting Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Justice Antonin Scalia died this morning at age 79. He has served 30 years in the High Court, appointed at age 50 by Ronald Reagan in 1986. He was a conservative!

My first reaction was shock. Like I lost a long lost friend. It was that much of a shock – because it was so unexpected.  But it is important news not only for this country, but also for many in the LGBT community who have been terrorized by this man’s stature on the bench. A man who we have perceived as hateful and improper when it comes to his less then decent commentary and rulings around same-sex equality.

Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 2.53.58 PMNow President Obama has an opportunity to make a huge final mark in his legacy. To appoint a liberal Judge before he leaves office, to finally tilt that bench in the direction it ought to go! You can imagine that a Senate in Republican hands will do everything it can to stop a liberal vote. This is going to be a very dramatic 2016!  It will also play a very important role in the current presidential campaign.  Although the knowledge has always been there that a SCOTUS seat would need to filled in the next eight years.
David Axelrod, political consultant:  “A seismic event on the presidential campaign.”

In the meantime SCOTUS could feasibly have an empty seat for some time. Ideological opposition aside, Scalia was a giant in American law. According to CNN commentator, SCOTUS legal expert,  Jeffrey Toobin: “… you can almost say in American History there has never been another with such a significant influence on the U.S. Constitution.”

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