As the Supreme Court mulls over a major case on LGBTQ workplace discrimination protections, two of its most conservative justices have been caught cozying up with members of an antigay hate group.
Justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh both met with leaders of the International Organization for the Family (IOF) this week. Not only that, but the hate group’s lead henchman, Brian Brown, tweeted a photo of himself hanging out with the conservative justices.
— Brian S. Brown (@briansbrown) October 29, 2019
Nothing to be concerned about, right?
IOF, also known as the World Congress of Families, was founded in 1997 to promote “natural family” values. Leaders of the organization oppose same-sex marriage, don’t believe gay couples can be monogamous, consider the “gay lifestyle” to be “destructive” to society, and believe “unnatural behavior” is the cause of AIDS, among other things.
Brown himself has called LGBTQ rights “invented concepts,” sponsored an anti-trans bus tour of America, accused President Obama of “normalizing pedophilia” for his support of LGBTQ equality, and advocated against same-sex couples adopting children.
Why Justices and Alito and Kavanaugh are posing for pictures with Brown as they consider whether LGBTQ workers should be protected from discrimination under civil rights law is anyone’s guess.
In a statement to NewNowNext, Gillian Branstetter of the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) expressed concern over the meeting.
“By holding court with the top echelons of worldwide bigotry, Justices Kavanaugh and Alito have only worsened our concerns about their ability to serve as fair-minded judges,” Branstetter said.
“Given the matters before them right now—including the military ban and the enforcement of Title VII—it’s deeply disturbing and inappropriate for them to be rubbing elbows with those who would openly deny transgender people our humanity and our dignity.”