Kennedy’s Retirement Puts Moderate Democrats In A Bind

28 Juin, 2018, 19:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Kennedy’s Retirement Puts Moderate Democrats In A Bind

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of nonprofit Christian organization The Family Leader, said he sees Kennedy's retirement as an "answer to prayer" in his mission of overturning the legal precedent. Kennedy is a moderate, and has for years been the swing vote on the court. "And I know it's sad to think about and I know this news is very painful for a lot of people". But Kennedy has sided with the liberal wing of the court on a number of pivotal issues.

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His replacement will have to be approved by the Senate, and the confirmation process will likely take place in the weeks leading up to the November elections.

That list included two judges with Michigan connections: Judge Raymond Kethledge, on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, and then-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen, who a year ago was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to join Kethledge on the Sixth Circuit.

Mr Kennedy did lean to the right - especially on matters of personal freedom.

Mr Kennedy, who was raised in California, was nominated by President Ronald Reagan and began his term in 1988.

In 2015, he authored the landmark opinion which gave LGBT citizens the right to marry, writing: "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law and the Constitution grants them that right".

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