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NCJW Opposes Latest Right-Wing Appeals Court Nominees
March 5, 2019, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) expressed its extreme disappointment at the Senate’s confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing to the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:
“The confirmation of Allison Jones Rushing to the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals buttresses the drive by President Trump to bend the federal judiciary to the hard right. Rushing is a committed opponent of LGBTQ rights, arguing that Congress intended that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) reflect the ‘moral disapproval of homosexuality, and a moral conviction that heterosexuality better comports with traditional (especially Judeo-Christian) morality.’ She also argued successfully to reduce workers’ right in a landmark case involving a contract dispute. Her hearing was a sham held during an extended congressional recess, over the opposition of Democrats who said the timing prevented a full airing of her record. A member of the rightwing Federalist Society, Rushing is the youngest appeals court nominee to date, having graduated from law school just 11 years ago.
“It is clear that Rushing was hurried through the judicial nominations process precisely because she is so ill-qualified for the job. For the sake of our courts — and our constitutional rights — Senators must insist on fully-vetted, experienced nominees without biases or partisan agendas. It is truly the least they can do.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.