Alito Confirmation Threatens Fairness Proving Need to Look Toward 2006

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese made the
following statement as the Senate confirmed Judge Samuel Alito's
nomination to the Supreme Court.

"With the Supreme Court confirmation of Judge Alito, Americans are
threatened with an unprecedented erosion of our rights. Our opportunity
to get back on the road to equality comes this November," said Human
Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "The senators who stepped up
today to protect fairness by voting against Judge Alito's confirmation
were acting on America's fundamental promise of equality. It's time the
halls of Congress were packed with fair-minded leaders.

Solmonese added, "It's deeply disappointing that the Supreme Court has
taking a dangerous turn away from fairness for gay, lesbian, bisexual
and transgender Americans. With extremism taking the place of moderation
in the Court, it's time to let fairness take the place of extremism in
Congress."

The 58 to 42 vote will be a scoring criterion on the 2006 Human Rights
Campaign Congressional Scorecard, rating members of Congress on key
votes for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.

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