"Judge Mary Rowland is the latest of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees confirmed by the U.S. Senate, though her background offers anything but confidence to his social conservative supporters.
Rowland, a federal magistrate judge in Illinois who spent 12 years in private practice and 10 years in the Chicago federal defender’s office, was Trump’s nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She stands out among the rest of the president’s selections for being an open lesbian who is 'married' to a woman and has two adult children.
The Senate confirmed Rowland by voice vote last week, the Washington Blade reports, meaning no Republicans opposed her. Democrat Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois praised the smoothness of the process leading to her confirmation.
The Bay Area Reporter highlights several aspects of Rowland’s professional background overlooked by Republicans, particularly her memberships in the Lesbian & Gay Bar Association of Chicago and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the latter of which called Justice Neil Gorsuch 'dangerous' for defending Hobby Lobby’s conscience rights, has sued to attempt to force Catholic Charities to place children in lesbian foster homes, and sued Arizona over a law banning pro-LGBT prosyletizing in HIV/AIDS education.
The Reporter also notes that Rowland 'has worked on several Democratic campaigns,' further suggesting opposition to the various policy stances and legal views for which voters elected Trump.
Rowland isn’t the only gay jurist with a questionable professional background Trump has nominated. Last fall he announced the nomination of U.S. Attorney Patrick Bumatay to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Bumatay is a member of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, an organization dedicated to the 'advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation.'
The Homann Association has staked out a number of left-wing positions, including disappointment that the Supreme Court upheld Christian baker Jack Phillips’ right to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex 'wedding,' and 'unequivocally denounc[ing]' the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military service."
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