What does this mean for America’s future?

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Trump explained he was “saving” Barrett for when America “needed her.”

Lauren McCloy, Staff Writer

Justice Amy Coney Barrett recited the judicial oath Tuesday morning in a swearing-in ceremony administered by Chief Justice John Roberts, officially beginning her tenure as the 115th justice on the Supreme Court.

 

Barrett was confirmed by the Senate with a 52-48 vote on Monday. Barrett, 48, begins as associate justice of the Supreme Court a week before Election Day and is likely to serve on the court for decades. Her seat on the bench gives conservatives a 6-3 majority, shifting the makeup of the high court that could affect a range of issues that could come before it, including potential disputes regarding the 2020 election and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

 

At the White House Monday, Barrett said in a speech it was “a privilege to be asked to serve my country” and highlighted the “separation of duty from political preference.” She has repeatedly insisted her Catholic faith does not compromise her work, but only time will tell.

 

Judge Barrett lives in South Bend, Indiana, with her husband, Jesse, a former federal prosecutor who is now with a private firm. The couple have seven children, including two adopted from Haiti. She is the oldest of seven children herself.

 

Adding her to the Supreme Court wasn’t taken lightly.  After Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, there was an empty seat. And only one month before a new election, Barrett was sworn in. giving conservatives a majority over the Supreme Court, and Democrats were upset. A lot of people suggested packing the court, and although Joe Biden is against it, most Democrats are pushing for it right now.

The Judicial Procedures Reform Bill of 1937, frequently called the “court-packing plan,” was a legislative initiative proposed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to add more justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

It is scary time for the LGBTQ+ people who just got their rights, for women in general, and for the entire United States of America. What is to come? Only time will tell.