Kennedy: It Was Important I Leave Now So I Could Undo My legacy on Women, Gay Rights

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Associate U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says he’s proud of his legacy on issues of fairness to women, minorities, and the LGBQT community, which is why he’s throwing it all away by giving the Republican president and Congress the chance to choose an arch conservative for his successor.

“Had I waited, Democrats might have reclaimed the Senate and forced a moderate jurist to replace me and I couldn’t have that knowing the importance of my legacy on fairness issues,” he said. “As it is, I’m almost guaranteeing my work will be undone by my replacement.”

Kennedy, a libertarian-leaning jurist appointed by President Reagan in 1988, was the court’s swing vote, siding with conservatives on economic issues but showing a progressive streak by siding with liberals on social issues like abortion, gay rights, and women’s issues.

A delay of only a few months in his retirement could have opened the door to a moderate successor, should the Senate change hands, by enabling Democrats to force a moderate pick by President Trump. But that would have cemented his legacy as a fair-minded person, Kennedy said.

“What I want is to be remember as the person who had his legacy on social issues undone by his refusal to keep his seat for just a few more months,” he said. “Now I’ll be reviled by more than half the population throughout history. It was a tough decision, but that’s what I’ve done my entire career on the bench: make tough decisions. To bad I’ll be hated now. Oh, well.”

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