Republicans are rejoicing about Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, as it gives President Trump the chance to nominate the second Supreme Court justice of his term, holds Mary Grace Lewis in Advocate. Despite having a reputation as a conservative, Kennedy held liberal views on various issues, including gay rights and abortion. He played a key role in casting a decisive, swing vote in many cases, often swaying the court in a liberal direction, like the 5-4 decision in 2015 establishing marriage equality nationwide and in 2016 when his vote helped repeal a strict Texas abortion law. Now, with his swing vote gone, Republicans are excited to have the possibility to shift the Supreme Court balance in their favor and cement conservative control.
Democrats worry that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s successor may radically change the course of justice and negatively impact American lives long after President Trump leaves office, states David Smith in The Guardian. In his 30+ years of serving on the nine-person court, Kennedy sided with liberal justices on cases involving abortion and gay rights, the death penalty and Guantánamo Bay detainees' rights. As he wrote all of the court’s key gay-rights decisions, including the 2015 ruling declaring same-sex marriage constitutional, Americans should worry about a more conservative justice imposing new restrictions on LGBTQ, abortion and voting rights. The consequences will last for decades, especially as Trump plans to choose a justice who wants to overturn Roe v Wade.