Slogging through Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's Senate hearing today, my ears did perk up on a bit of discussion on same-sex marriage.
While he acknowledged that the issue is "absolutely settled law," he seemed to muddle the issue a bit when asked how his views on marriage have changed over the years.
Gorsuch dodged the question with a distinctively vague response, saying speaking on the issue “would send a misleading signal to the American people.”
He also said, "Any revelation of my personal views about this matter would indicate to people about how I might rule as a judge. Mistakenly, but it might. And I have to be concerned about that."
Judge Neil Gorsuch to @SenFranken on marriage equality: "It is absolutely settled law." #GorsuchHearing pic.twitter.com/QD9bMXPBZf— CSPAN (@cspan) March 21, 2017
I wasn't the only one who found that disconcerting.
The “scope” of Obergefell is that same-sex marriage is legal. Is Gorsuch saying that under certain conditions it’s not, and what conditions?— Lance Arthur🏳️🌈 (@thelancearthur) March 21, 2017
Gorsuch:"Obergefell is settled, but there is ongoing litigation about its scope" His answer is frightening & telling https://t.co/uV4SlA8paN— Eric Lesh (@EDLesh) March 21, 2017