UniteWomen.org ACTION stands with the pro-choice, civil rights and LGBTQ communities against the nomination of Michael Boggs to the Federal District Court of Georgia. President Obama and the majority of Senators in the U.S. Senate have proven themselves to be ardent supporters of the rights of women, minorities and LGBTQ community. But our laws are not written by legislation alone. Equality is precarious when decisions made by our federal judges can reverse an egregious law against civil rights or sustain one for civil rights.
Michael Boggs has proven to be an extremist as a state legislator and Georgia State Appeals Court Judge. As a state legislator, Boggs’ votes dramatically demonstrated his views against civil rights, LGBTQ rights and women’s rights. He voted against a new Georgia state flag that removed a Confederate emblem standing with segregationists. He supported a “Choose Life” license plate for the state that directed proceeds to anti-abortion advocates. He voted against marriage equality.
Such extreme views on these issues are in direct opposition to the views of the majority in this Country and certainly of President Obama and the majority in the U.S. Senate. Judicial nominations should at best reflect neutrality. Michael Boggs’ nomination is an extreme step backwards in progress for women’s, civil and LGBTQ rights in the wrong direction. We ask President Obama to withdraw the nomination of Michael Boggs and/or the U.S. Senate to vote against his nomination.
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About Karen Teegarden Karen is the CEO of UniteWomen.org, founded in February, 2012. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and works in the marketing and advertising sales industry in Michigan. Her daughter was raised to believe in her core that she was created equal. Karen began this journey to assure that all women live in a country that protects their equality.