Senate confirms member of LGBT law group for liberal Ninth Circuit court
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Senate voted 53-40 Tuesday to confirm assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Bumatay to the influential Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, despite concerns over his ties to an LGBT legal group.
President Donald Trump nominated Bumatay last year, citing his experience with the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Tax Forces Section in the Southern District of California, and role as an advisor to former Attorney General Jeff Sessions on issues including opioids and organized crime. He also worked on the confirmations for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Neil Gorsuch, as well as Bush administration Attorney General Michael Mukasey.
Confirmed, 53-40: Executive Calendar #533 Patrick J. Bumatay to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) December 10, 2019
Bumatay has garnered headlines as an openly homosexual judicial nominee selected by a Republican president, but less attention has been placed on his membership in the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, an organization dedicated to the “advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation.”
The Homann Association has staked out a number of left-wing positions, including disappointment that the Supreme Court upheld Christian baker Jack Phillips’ right to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex “wedding,” and “unequivocally denounc[ing]” the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military service. Yet despite the association’s stances being at odds with the GOP base as well as the Trump Administration, Senate Republicans have shown little concern that Bumatay might share its views.
Such concerns are particularly critical on the Ninth Circuit, a notoriously liberal court whose record includes blocking the transgender troop ban, a string of decisions favorable to Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against pro-life undercover investigators, and banning prayer at local school board meetings.
Trump’s judicial nominees have overwhelmingly pleased pro-life and conservative groups, including among the so-called #NeverTrump faction of center-right figures who have otherwise opposed the president. But not all of his nominees, which have largely been recommended by the conservative Federalist Society, have been reliable conservatives.
In June, attorney Michael Bogren withdrew his nomination to the Western District of Michigan, following conservative objections to his authorship of a legal brief against a Michigan Christian family that had been barred from the local farmers’ market due to their farm’s refusal to host same-sex “weddings.”
Bumatay is not the president’s only homosexual judicial nominee who belonged to a left-wing LGBT organization. In August, the Senate confirmed Illinois Magistrate Judge Mary Rowland to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. An open lesbian in a same-sex “marriage,” Rowland was a member of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which called Justice Neil Gorsuch “dangerous” for defending Hobby Lobby’s conscience rights, has sued to attempt to force Catholic Charities to place children in lesbian foster homes, and sued Arizona over a law banning pro-LGBT prosyletizing in HIV/AIDS education.