The Senate confirmed Beth Robinson, a radical lesbian Vermont judge, to the federal bench, with the backing of GOP Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
Wed Nov 3, 2021 - 11:07 pm EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – The Senate this week confirmed a far-left, openly lesbian judge appointed by Joe Biden to a top federal court, despite her past involvement in a lawsuit targeting a Catholic family over their pro-life beliefs.
The Senate approved the confirmation of Beth Robinson, a Vermont Supreme Court justice, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a 51-45 vote on Monday.
Two Republicans, Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, voted in favor of Robinson’s confirmation. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina had joined Murkowski and Collins to advance the lesbian judge’s nomination earlier this year but voted against confirming her on Monday.
Robinson is Biden’s third nominee to the Second Circuit Court approved by the Senate in under six months. Her confirmation flipped the court to a 7-6 Democrat-appointed majority.
Liberal, Soros-backed activist groups hailed the confirmation of Robinson, the first lesbian judge on a federal district court, and Democrats’ rapid installation of Biden’s judicial nominees.
“President Biden’s laser-like focus on quickly nominating highly qualified, professionally diverse judges is paying off at the all-important courts of appeal level,” said Chris Kang, chief counsel for Demand Justice.
Robinson is known for her LGBT activism that helped spearhead legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Vermont. In 1999, she represented a group of homosexuals in a major case, Baker v. Vermont, that resulted in Vermont’s civil union law in 2000.
She later advocated for 2009 legislation that legalized homosexual “marriage” in the state while leading a pro-LGBT group, Vermont Freedom to Marry. Robinson was appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court in 2011 by Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin, after backing Shumlin’s candidacy and serving as his general counsel.
Robinson’s attack on ‘invidious’ pro-life beliefs
During Robinson’s confirmation hearing in September, Republican senators particularly grilled her for her involvement in a lawsuit that targeted a family of pro-life, Catholic printers.
In the early 1990s, Robinson represented a Vermont woman who sued a print shop for refusing to make membership cards for a pro-abortion group, Vermont Catholics for Free Choice. The shop owners, devout Catholics, turned down the order because they said that they did not believe that Catholics could support abortion, which the Catholic Church has always condemned as murder. Robinson’s client, Linda Paquette, sued the family, the Bakers, claiming that they had illegally discriminated against her based on “creed.”
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas pointed out that Robinson denigrated the Bakers’ faithful Catholic beliefs as “invidious” and “pernicious” in a brief supporting Paquette.
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