Justice Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court of the United States

Justice Neil Gorsuch

Supreme Court of the United States

Neil McGill Gorsuch was born in August 1967 in Denver, Colorado. He earned an undergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University and received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from the University of Oxford, where he completed research on assisted suicide and euthanasia. He was a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then for Supreme Court Justices Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He entered the private practice of law.

Gorsuch served briefly as Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. He managed the Department’s Civil Division. President George W. Bush nominated Gorsuch to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote in the Senate and assumed his position in July 2006.

After the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, President Donald Trump announced the nomination of Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Hearings on his confirmation were tension-filled, and he was forwarded to the floor of the Senate a party-line vote of the Judiciary Committee. His nomination was debated on the floor of the Senate, and, in early April, he was confirmed. He received his commission on April 8, 2017.

Gorsuch is married to Marie Louise, a British citizen he met at Oxford. They have two daughters. While raised Catholic, he is now a Protestant.

In the News…

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that an Idaho law banning transgender procedures on minors may go into effect while the lawsuit against it proceeds through lower courts. Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador had appealed to the high court after a federal judge placed an injunction that blocked the law entirely during litigation.

The law seeks to protect children by prohibiting life-altering interventions, including providing puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones and double mastectomies on girls with gender dysphoria. Physicians who provide these procedures could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. The two teens whose families brought the discrimination suit against the Idaho law are exempted from this ruling.

“Ordinarily, injunctions like these may go no further than necessary to provide interim relief to the parties,” Justice Gorsuch wrote. “In this case, however, the district court went much further, prohibiting a State from enforcing any aspect of its duly enacted law against anyone.”

So far, twenty states have enacted laws to protect minors from transgender medical interventions.

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The Honorable Justice Neil Gorsuch
Supreme Court of the United States
1 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20543


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