And the winner in the final "rose ceremony" in this season's SCOTUS nominee sweepstakes is...
Judge Neil Gorsuch has been nominated by President Trump to fill the vacancy left in the passing of Antonin Scalia.
From ABC News:
Gorsuch, 49, is currently a judge on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was nominated by President George W. Bush in 2006 and confirmed by the Senate in a voice vote.
Gorsuch sided with Christian employers and religious organizations in the Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor cases. The plaintiffs argued for an exemption from the contraception mandate in President Obama's signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act, due to religious beliefs.
In the Hobby Lobby case, Gorsuch wrote, "The ACA’s mandate requires them to violate their religious faith by forcing them to lend an impermissible degree of assistance to conduct their religion teaches to be gravely wrong.”
When it comes to criminal procedure, he dissented in the United States v. Carlos case, arguing that police officers violated the Fourth Amendment when they entered a home that had a "No Trespassing" sign posted.
If nominated, Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court nominee in about 25 years.
At 49 years old, Gorsuch would be the youngest Supreme Court justice in about 25 years.
Executive Director Rea Carey of the National LGBTQ Task Force issued the following statement, via press release, regarding the nomination:
“Judge Neil Gorsuch’s record reveals a jurist who: believes that bosses should control their employees’ private health care decisions; supports the misuse of religion to legalize discrimination; and holds LGBTQ equality with disdain. He is also a darling of those who are vehemently opposed to marriage equality. He seems like someone who aligns perfectly with Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s view of the world, but is completely out of touch with the realities of most people’s lives."
BREAKING: President Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch, 49, to the Supreme Court. https://t.co/PTgrqM3g9F pic.twitter.com/H5HTMsbhVL— ABC News (@ABC) February 1, 2017