Supreme Court arguments buoy church's supporters

 
The constitutionality of a state's refusal to include a daycare center in a playground resurfacing program was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 19th. Justices on both sides of the court's ideological divide vigorously questioned the state of Missouri's position in rejecting the Trinity Lutheran Church Learning Center in Columbia, Mo., from participation in the program. Much of the high court's reaction to the state, which cited the Missouri constitution's ban on government funding of religion in ...

Religious liberty, pro-life advocates praise Gorsuch's confirmation

 
Neil Gorsuch gained confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 7, a day after a rules change in the deeply divided Senate made his approval possible. The Senate voted 54-45 to confirm Gorsuch, filling a seat on the high court that had remained vacant since the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia nearly 14 months ago. The ascendancy of President Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court occurred after the Republican majority voted to alter Senate rules to overcome a ...

Panel OKs Neil Gorsuch; showdown set in U.S. Senate

 
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's approval by a Senate committee occurred the same day it became clear the Democrats have enough votes to block his confirmation barring a controversial rule change. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines on April 3rd to advance Gorsuch's nomination, but at least 41 Democratic senators have now announced they will oppose his confirmation, according to news reports. That means the Republican majority does not have the 60 votes necessary to halt a filibuster and ...

Friends, foes debate Neil Gorsuch; Democrats to filibuster

 
Proponents and opponents voiced their opinions of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on the final day of his hearing—the same day the Senate's Democratic leader announced he would try to block a confirmation vote. After three days of appearances before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gorsuch was followed by witnesses who urged panel members either to vote for or against his confirmation. Among the witnesses were a religious freedom expert who endorsed Gorsuch's confirmation and abortion and ...

Neil Gorsuch defends religious liberty ruling in hearings

 
Neil Gorsuch steadfastly refused to provide judge-like commentary on such issues as abortion and assisted suicide in his confirmation hearings but was not reluctant to explain his ruling in a vital religious liberty case. President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court answered questions about his role in supporting the free exercise of religion rights of Hobby Lobby March 21 as a member of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Gorsuch responded to questions about the religious liberty ...

Gorsuch affirms independence, refuses to give opinion on Roe

 
Neil Gorsuch defended his judicial independence and refused to express his opinion on U.S. Supreme Court decisions—including Roe v. Wade—during the first two days of hearings on his nomination to serve as a justice. In his opening statement on March 20 and in responses to questions on March 21, the nominee to the high court assured the Senate Judiciary Committee of his willingness to rule against President Trump, who nominated him. The hearings will continue March 22, with ...

Divide over Neil Gorsuch on display as hearings open

 
Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings opened March 20 with Republicans and Democrats, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, and conservatives and liberals pressing their conflicting cases regarding his nomination to the Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee began the latest hearings in what has been an often stridently contentious process for the last three decades with a day of opening statements—first from the 20 members of the panel, then from the nominee. Gorsuch's statement came after the deadline for this article. A committee vote ...

ERLC-organized coalition endorses Gorsuch's SCOTUS nomination

 
More than 50 Southern Baptist and other evangelical leaders have endorsed the confirmation of new Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in a letter sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The Southern Baptist Convention entity released the letter Feb. 1, a day after President Trump announced his nomination of Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge the last 10 years. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat on the nine-person high court left vacant by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last ...

Trump's nomination of Gorsuch lauded by life, liberty advocates

 
Religious liberty and pro-life advocates warmly welcomed President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court as the Senate prepares for what is expected to be a hard-fought confirmation battle. Trump announced his selection of Gorsuch, 49, a federal appeals court judge, during prime-time television on Jan. 31 to fill the seat created by the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia last February. In Gorsuch, Trump nominated a judge who—like Scalia—has a philosophy and record ...