MSNBC’s Ali Velshi said he’s worried that LGBT Americans could see their civil rights stripped away by President Donald Trump’s replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Velshi warned a newly conservative high court could undo the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, and he said LGBT people could find themselves at the mercy of state laws.
“If you live in one of the states that either bans gay marriage or largely doesn’t issue licenses, it’s unclear whether it would be grandfathered in,” Velshi said. “If it were not grandfathered in, or you weren’t yet married, you’d lose a raft of protections throughout life with your partner.”
The MSNBC host warned that same-sex couples could lose federal survivor benefits and pensions, and face other financial risks that heterosexual couples do not.
“Adoptions would become an issue,” Velshi said. “Without a valid marriage, only one parent would be able to adopt a child, in which case, the parent not recognized as a legal guardian would lose custody rights.”
Undoing Obergefell could risk the health of LGBT Americans, as well.
“Medical partners, if your partner falls ill you may not be able to visit them or make medical decisions on their behalf,” Velshi said. “Health care for same-sex couples, those on their coverage plan could lose their coverage instantly.”
He said same-sex couples could also lose spousal privilege and be forced to testify against their spouse.
“All of these rights that heterosexual couples take for granted could be nullified with one Supreme Court vote,” Velshi said.
Sarah Warbelow, legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, said she believes same-sex marriage is settled law that one court ruling could nullify.
“What we’re really worried about is the chipping away of rights under marriage,” Warbelow said.
She said Trump’s first court pick — Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated after Senate Republicans refused to seat an Obama nominee — believed same-sex couples should have fewer rights than heterosexual couples.
“It’s this creation of skim-milk marriage that’s really at risk for LGBTQ families and couples around the country,” Warbelow said.
Velshi said he wasn’t so sure.
“I appreciate that you don’t want people to panic,” he said. “But if I were involved in a same-sex marriage in one of those states, I’d be panicked. I’d just want to know, do I have to move to a different state?”
Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad
Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.
Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.
Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions
ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.
Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.
"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.
She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.
‘Trump wants to start a race war’: Ex-advisor alleges his campaign planned ‘Send her Back’ chants
President Donald Trump is attempting to start a race war in America, a long-time advisor declared on MSNBC on Saturday evening.
Omarosa Manigault Newman was interviewed by Donny Deutsch on "Saturday Night Politics."
"You said could it happen here? It is happening here," Newman told Deutsch.
"As a woman of color watching him attack those four women, it made it very clear that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy," she said.
"And everyone has been kind of tiptoeing what this actually is. Donald Trump wants to start a race war in this country and it started at that rally — it started with the tweets," she said.