“When you grow up being gay we get used to being different and we understand there is explicit bias and implicit bias. It’s a sad day for many of us in Connecticut.” – Senator Beth Bye during the Senate vote on Justice Andrew McDonald’s nomination for Chief Justice of the CT Supreme Court.
We echo Senator Bye’s comments after the failed confirmation vote for Justice McDonald, who besides being eminently qualified, would have been the first openly gay Chief Justice in the US. But today, we saw partisan politics take hold of the judicial nomination process and the GOP in CT become interchangeable with the GOP down in Washington.
You all fought hard for fairness in this process, writing letters to your legislators, making phone calls, and rallying together to make sure our voices were heard loud and clear. Now it’s time to make them heard one last time by calling our Senators to tell them what their votes meant to you. You can see how your Senator voted here.
CT Senate Republicans 1-800-842-1421
CT Senate Democrats 1-800-842-1420
There is no question that Justice McDonald’s nomination was a huge step forward for LGBTQ+ people not only in CT but everywhere and his confirmation would have solidified that forward movement in a monumental way. Today that momentum was held back but it was not defeated. The work of LGBTQ+ people and our allies will keep marching forward across the country and here at home in CT. We will remember in November and just like we did throughout this entire process, demand our voices be heard loud and clear.