LGBTQ community worries about Amy Coney Barrett in Supreme Court


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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the Judicial Oath to Judge Amy Coney Barrett in the East Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. Judge Barrett’s husband, Jesse M. Barrett, holds the Bible.

Alexandra Mizzelle, Asst. Sports Editor

On Oct. 26, Amy Coney Barrett was chosen to be a Justice in the Supreme Court, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

“Amy Coney Barrett has a history that tells how she has an anti-LGBTQ ideology, opposing basic rights thought to be settled law, and an anti-choice ideology out of step with popular opinion,”CNBC said.

In short, she doesn’t agree with the LGBTQ community and she wants to change things. She had defended the Supreme Court’s dissent on the case of LGBTQ marriage equality.

“The Supreme Court is set to hear a case concerning the rights of gay and lesbian Americans on Wednesday Nov. 4 in a dispute that advocates are warning could pierce holes in the nation’s anti-discrimination laws,” according to CNBC. 

“What worries me about her being chosen is that she is known most for her stances on the LGBTQ community which she refused to comment on if she will take action on. One specific issue is same sex marriage, which she is known to be against but refused to answer on if she would be addressing it. So I guess my main worry to put it simply would be that the progress toward equal rights for the LGBTQ community will go backwards,” an anonymous interviewee said.

“Becoming an alien to the country’s unalienable rights,” junior Jacob Smith said, bringing up a good point.

What he means is because of the fact that LGBTQ rights might be taken away, they will be seen as different from the rest. They will be struggling more because of the fact that they are different from other people’s ideologies. Their rights could be taken away and they will face great challenges.

“When I found out she was chosen that worried me and it still does,” junior Deja Rettig said.

“When I found out she was chosen I cried for an hour straight,” an anonymous interviewee said.

“I’m never going to get married. That’s it, game over,” Smith said.

“When I heard about it I was sad because it’s not fair that people like her think that who I am is bad or gross. What if I thought men and women together is bad and gross, then not listening to what they have to say and not educating myself?” another anonymous interviewee said.

The main worries are the fact that they might lose their rights and the backlash that will follow after the decisions being made.

“I’m definitely worried for my future and my rights, and no matter how this election ends, America is going to be chaotic for a while,” Smith said.

“Honestly I think that Amy Barrett will end up taking away the LGBTQ communities rights for marriage and probably every other right they may have now and it sickens me and I hope that we can hopefully be able to save gay marriage,” Rettig added. 

An anonymous interviewee put out their opinions saying, “Why? Like what is she going to actually get out of doing this? If she does, all she is going to get is more riots, hate and sadness from the LGBTQ community and supporters. To take something away that isn’t hurting anyone and isn’t even bad. People have worked hard for their rights.”

She has not taken away any rights, nor has she brought them up in the time she has been in the Supreme Court. There is a real possibility that things could chage for the LGBTQ community, but nothing is set in stone yet.