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Tymkovich Nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit/Vote on Confirmation.
senate Roll Call 113     Apr 01, 2003
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The confirmation of Timothy Tymkovich for a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit was the subject of this vote. During the Senate's consideration of the nominee, progressives raised important questions regarding Mr. Tymkovich's legal background on issues of discrimination. While serving as Colorado's Solicitor General (the office directly below the state's Attorney General), for instance, Mr. Tymkovich presented arguments before the Colorado Supreme Court advocating the elimination of legal rights for gays, lesbians, and bisexuals by banning all legislative, executive, or judicial action at any level of state or local government designed to protect them. Had Tymkovich's position prevailed, any gay person in Colorado who was fired or not hired, denied housing, harassed, or subject to similar acts of discrimination because of that individual's homosexuality would have had no legal grounding on which to protest the discriminatory actions. Furthermore, the U.S. Supreme Court case of Romer v. Evans had already granted gays those basic rights questioned by Tymkovich. As a result of Tymkovich's positions on discrimination-which is out-of-step with Supreme Court precedent-progressives opposed his confirmation. Republicans voted unanimously in favor of Tymkovich's confirmation and were successful on a 58-41 vote.

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