|President Trump this week nominated Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. He described Kavanaugh as “a judge’s judge” and praised his intellect, legal credentials, judicial record and reputation. Most importantly, President Trump extolled Kavanagh’s judicial philosophy saying, “What matters is not a judge’s political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person.”
Kavanaugh is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. Married to his wife Ashley, the couple has two children and lives in Maryland. He is a devout Catholic, a lector at his church, and active in several charities and community groups. For the past twelve years, Kavanaugh has been a leading member of the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, widely considered to be the second most influential federal court in America because of the prevalence of major cases that are decided there. Kavanaugh, like President Trump’s first nominee Neil Gorsuch, once clerked for Justice Kennedy, the man he now hopes to replace.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), an IOF partner group that is also headed by our president, Brian Brown, announced its support for Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination and pledged it will fight to help secure his confirmation. NOM cited several reasons for supporting Kavanaugh:
- He has a philosophy and track record of relying on the text of the Constitution as drafted by the framers and opposes judges inventing “rights” that do not exist in the Constitution itself. He has said, “Read the text of the Constitution as written, mindful of history and tradition. Don’t make up new constitutional rights that are not in the text of the Constitution. Don’t shy away from enforcing constitutional rights that are in the text of the Constitution.”
- He has a strong record of fighting to protect religious liberty. While in private practice, Kavanaugh chaired the Federalist Society’s Religious Liberty Practice Group and fought for the religious liberty rights of people of faith.
- His track record as a judge is as a staunch conservative and, like Justices Scalia and Gorsuch, someone who applies the Constitution and the law as written, not legislating from the bench to impose his own political views. He has authored over 300 opinions, and has proven himself to be a man of principle, able to resist pressure from liberal judges and interest groups.
- A number of top legal experts revered in the pro-family movement, including the Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo and Ed Whalen of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute, sing Judge Kavanaugh’s praises as a strong, reliable conservative who can be counted upon to apply the law and the Constitution as written.
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