Political Pressure on High Court Looms Over Gay, Transgender Rights Cases Today

The following is the statement of Committee for Justice president Curt Levey:

The Supreme Court hears argument today in three cases representing one of the most controversial issues it will address this term, gay and transgender employment rights. The political stakes of these cases remind us that events of recent months have made it apparent that Democrats are applying political pressure, if not outright intimidation, to the Court—particularly to potential swing justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh—in the hopes of influencing votes on key cases such as today's.

This August, in an amicus brief in a New York City gun rights case, five Democrat senators accused the Supreme Court of being “not well” and warned it might be "restructured" if it doesn't "heal itself." Then last month, most of the leading Democratic presidential hopefuls called for Justice Kavanaugh's impeachment after a misleading New York Times article accused him of an incident of inappropriate sexual behavior during college. These attacks came on the heels of Democrats' various proposals to pack or otherwise restructure the Court which, we've noted, were aimed in part at squeezing the justices, especially Chief Justice Roberts.