Trump Considering Judge Who Thinks Gay Sex Should Be Illegal

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Trump has proposed yet another questionable appointment, this time with a Supreme Court nominee who thinks gay people should be put in jail for having sex.

In his recent interview on "60 Minutes," President-elect Donald Trump asserted that he wanted to elect pro-choice judges to ban abortion, but that the Defense of Marriage Act has been "settled," and will not be challenged. In his eagerness to overturn women's right to choose, Trump appears to be considering an anti-gay judge who thinks having gay sex should be punishable by law.

William H. Pryor Jr. was described in 2005 by Lambda Legal as "the most demonstrably anti-gay judicial nominee in recent memory." Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national organization of legal representatives working to legislate full equal rights for LGBTQ Americans.

Pryor's nomination to the Court of Appeals was actually rejected by the Senate because of his extremist views, but George W. Bush temporarily placed him in power there while the court was in recess. His position was then made permanent by the Senate's approval in June 2005.

A report from Lambda Legal in 2005 recounted how Pryor has compared consensual sex between same-sex partners to "prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia."

Pryor was instrumental in blocking gay couples in Florida from adopting, going so far as to prevent the court from even hearing the case. The Washington Post reported, "The Florida foster parents were disadvantaged by Pryor's presence on the 11th Circuit [of the U.S. Court of Appeals.] They asked the full 11th Circuit to reconsider the panel's ruling, but the request was denied on a 6 to 6 vote that would have been 6 to 5 in favor of rehearing if not for Pryor." 

Pryor's most despicable violation of gay rights came in 2003 when he defended Lawrence v. Texas. The case tackled a Texas law which had made anal and oral sex between same-sex couples punishable by law and forced those found in violation of the law to register as sex offenders. Heterosexual couples, however, could engage in these acts legally.

"This Court has never recognized a fundamental right to engage in sexual activity outside of monogamous heterosexual marriage, let alone to engage in homosexual sodomy," Pryor stated. "Texas is hardly alone in concluding that homosexual sodomy may have severe physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual consequences, which do not necessarily attend heterosexual sodomy, and from which Texas’s citizens need to be protected."

Thanks to Lambda Legal, the Supreme Court struck down all sodomy laws across the nation, a huge breakthrough which paved the way for LGBTQ rights.

Pryor's terrible record reportedly extends to all areas of human rights, not just those affecting the LGBTQ community. He has been known to show preference to racist and sexist employers in court and has spoken against Miranda v. Arizona, which gave a constitutional right to defendants to maintain silence and seek legal counsel since 1966. Pryor called Miranda the second worst constitutional decision ever made—with Roe v. Wade being the first.

So why is Trump considering a man who would almost certainly push an anti-gay agenda at the Supreme Court level, a mission that Trump claims he does not share? Because, according to the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, Pryor opposes abortion, even in cases of rape and incest, going so far as to vote for a law that would appoint lawyers to represent the fetuses of underage women. 

As Trump tries to force his anti-choice agenda on America, LGBTQ communities are faced with the threat of Supreme Court Justices like Pryor who want to turn human rights in America back more than 50 years. 

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