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Senators, Don't Ignore the Red Flags on Bumatay

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 3:39 PM
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The U.S. Senate will be voting, as early as Dec. 2, on the judicial confirmation of Patrick J. Bumatay as a nominee to the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. We are opposed to this nomination.

Contact your senators now. Urge them to vote against the nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Several red flags have surfaced about Bumatay’s past and current membership in radical activist groups including Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (THLA), DOJ Pride, and Log Cabin Republicans.

These radical groups fight to pass anti-religious liberty laws and work to place activist judges on the bench. Their goal is to force Christians to abandon their religious faith and surrender to the homosexual agenda.

Patrick J. Bumatay has been a member of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association (THLA) since 2017. The purpose of this activist group is to “expand the legal rights of LGBT [homosexual] people,” and the Association’s bylaws state that its membership “shall consist of all individuals who support the purposes of the [LGBT] Corporation.”

Bumatay’s current membership in this group clearly indicates he is expected to support the radical agenda of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association.

This same association that Bumatay is a member of opposed the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), opposed California’s marriage amendment (Proposition 8) but celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold same-sex marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Since Bumatay has been a member of this activist group, THLA released a statement against the recent U.S. Supreme Court Masterpiece Cakeshop decision stating, “THLA certainly wanted a different result.” Meaning, the group wanted to force the cakebaker to use his artistic creativity to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding ­– an act that violates the baker’s freedom of religious expression.

Bumatay’s past memberships in DOJ Pride and Log Cabin Republicans are equally troubling. DOJ Pride recently sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr arguing for gender identity equality. This argument could include an effort to advance within the DOJ the ability of men to use women’s private facilities. Log Cabin Republicans support transgender servicemembers in the military. Thus, the group publicly opposes President Trump’s ban on those with gender dysphoria from serving in the Armed Forces.

No conservative First Amendment advocacy group or conservative judicial advocacy group has endorsed Bumatay. Yet, over 20 conservative groups and individuals, including AFA, have signed a letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging them to vote “no” to Bumatay’s nomination.

The letter stated:

Donald J. Trump, when campaigning for president, said, “I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice Scalia.” Nothing in Patrick Bumatay’s written record demonstrates that he is a strict constitutionalist in the mold of Scalia. His past and present professional and legal associations are cause for great concern. This is why we oppose the nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Contact your senators now and insist that they vote against the nomination of Patrick Bumatay to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

 

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