McEachin Led 60+ Members Urging Senate Leaders to Oppose Judicial Confirmation of Kyle Duncan

March 7, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer with 64 colleagues, urging them to oppose the nomination of Stuart Kyle Duncan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit because of his anti-gay and transgender activism.

“Over the course of his career, Mr. Duncan has challenged the rights of LGBT Americans by working fervently to deny them equality in court,” said Congressman Donald McEachin. “His work to allow discrimination against this community, especially transgender individuals, raises serious concerns about his commitment to fairly rule in cases concerning all individuals, regardless of their background or orientation. Given his record, I have little confidence that Mr. Duncan would administer justice fairly and impartially, and that is why my colleagues and I urge our Senate colleagues to reject his divisive nomination.”

Mr. Duncan has spent a significant portion of his career working with clients to deny equality to members of the LGBT community. In addition to Mr. Duncan’s fierce opposition to same-sex marriage, he has also challenged the rights of transgender men, women, and children. In North Carolina, Mr. Duncan represented defenders of North Carolina’s House Bill 2, which aimed to prevent transgender individuals from using the public restrooms of their gender identities. Mr. Duncan also represented Gloucester County School Board after it banned transgender students from using the school restrooms of their gender identities.

“Our judiciary is foundational to the stability and success of our democracy. For our system to retain the confidence of the people, judges must be impartial, both in substance and appearance, and maintain a commitment to the dignity of all Americans,” wrote the lawmakers. “Far from evincing a belief in the dignity of LGBT people, Mr. Duncan has made a career of challenging their rights. His consistent record of working to deny equality to LGBT people in court raises extremely serious questions about his ability to impartially administer justice.”

Duncan’s nomination has been reported out of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary but has yet to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

On Tuesday, Congressman McEachin joined several advocates and Congressman Joe Kennedy III on the steps of the Supreme Court to speak out in opposition to the judicial confirmation of Stuart Kyle Duncan and Thomas Farr. Photos from the press conference are available here. Video of the press conference is available here.

This letter was endorsed by Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign. Full letter text is available here.

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