TAKE ACTION ALERT: Call your Senators NOW and tell them to vote NO on Leslie Southwick's nomination to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Or send a letter to reinforce your call, using the form below:
Dear Senator ____________:
Judge Southwick's record plainly shows that he cannot be given the responsibility to protect the basic rights of all Americans. As a Mississippi judge, he put his personal bias before widely regarded scientific and legal evidence - as in one case where he separated a biological mother from her 8-year-old child in part because of the mother's sexual orientation.
Even more troubling, Judge Southwick used this case to further his own agenda by joining a concurrence citing highly charged and irrelevant Mississippi rules against "the practice of homosexuality" - including policies regarding sodomy.
This type of bigoted decision-making is unacceptable for any judge, let alone a lifetime member of the U.S. Court of Appeals. I urge you and your colleagues to examine his record closely, and vote NO on his confirmation.