Former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor is one of the seven Bush nominees for lifetime appointments to the federal bench that is currently causing all the ruckus over judicial appointments and the filibuster in the Senate.
As he well should. Pryor is Bush’s pick for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. You may remember that Pryor was nominated last session only to be blocked by Senate Democrats using the filibuster. However, in 2004 Bush went over the heads of the Senate and placed Pryor on the 11th Circuit anyway in a temp job of sorts.
During his temporary appointment, Pryor was the deciding vote in the case challenging Florida’s adoption law that bans gays and lesbians from adopting children. Needless to say, gays and lesbians are still banned from adopting children in Florida.
Now Pryor’s up for a lifetime appointment. A vote could happen in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next week or so. Majority Leader Bill Frist is so hell-bent on getting folks like Pryor approved he’s threatening to eliminate the filibuster to do so.
Pryor has been called too extreme by Senate Democrats and anyone who values an impartial judiciary. Lambda Legal called Bill Pryor “the most demonstrably antigay judicial nominee in recent memory.”
According to Kevin Cathcart, Lambda’s executive director, “In the friend-of-the-court brief he filed in Lawrence v. Texas, Pryor placed the right of sexual intimacy for gay people on a par with prostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography and even incest and pedophilia.”
The Human Rights Campaign opposes, him, too. “Mr. Pryor has spent his career opposing the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. We are concerned that his profound prejudice will prevent him from making clear, unbiased decisions as a federal judge, and we strongly oppose his nomination,” said HRC Political Director Winnie Stachelberg during Pryor’s first nomination in 2003.
Not surprisingly, Pryor’s not a big Roe v. Wade fan, either, calling the ruling “the worst abomination of constitutional law in our history.”
Contact your Senator and tell them to continue the fight against judges like Pryor. Write to your hometown newspaper and tell them why extremist judges do not deserve lifetime appointments. For more information check out the “Courting Justice” campaign at http://www.lambdalegal.org.