Kavanaugh’s responses on LGBT+ rights issues leave legal experts unsatisfied

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, fielded questions on same-sex marriage and LGBT+ discrimination protections as part of his confirmation hearings. Unsurprisingly, Kavanaugh declined to answer on both fronts, citing a desire to preserve judicial independence.

LGBT+ legal experts acknowledge the difficulty of finding answers from this kind of exchange in a confirmation hearing setting, but remain cautious and unconvinced of Kavanaugh’s stance. Perhaps tellingly, on the issue of religious freedoms (most often invoked by conservatives today as a foil for LGBT+ rights), Kavanaugh emphasized religious liberty in the public sphere.

Katherine Franke, professor of law, gender and sexuality studies at Columbia University acknowledged that the statement could be interpreted in the case of the Masterpiece Cakeshop “as saying he would protect Jack Phillips’ right as the owner of a public business to refuse service to somebody based on his beliefs,” but ultimately drew no conclusions from it.

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