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Justice Kennedy is retiring and much of Twitter thinks we're doomed

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., echoed that sentiment, saying the Senate will vote on Kennedy's replacement this fall.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, long considered the Supreme Court's swing vote, announced his retirement Wednesday.

"Justice Kennedy's retirement is devastating news at a divisive time in our nation and on the Supreme Court", said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

His departure will give Trump his second Supreme Court pick since arriving at the White House, following the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, and could spell a decisive shift to the right for the top judicial body. There are also cases now moving through the lower courts, including one conservatives are eager to argue before Supreme Court with hopes of overturning Roe. "Each of the people on the President's list of potential Supreme Court nominees is highly qualified, with a record of fairly applying the law and adhering to the Constitution as it was originally written and ratified", he said.

Republicans now hold a bare 51-49 majority in the Senate, although that includes the ailing Sen. Trump has continued to target courts and judges with the crudest of insults, even as his White House works overtime to push forward lower-court judicial nominees who are among the most ideologically extreme and professionally underqualified we have seen in almost 40 years in this field.

Kennedy's retirement was disclosed on the final day of the court's current term, which began in October.

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But several countries with anti-migrant governments, including Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, did not attend. Proactiva Open Arms tweeted on Sunday that Italy is seeking to have the Libyan coast guard force them back to North Africa.

"That was a presidential election year, so that was very, very different", he said of Garland's nomination.

His gambit paid off when Trump won and Republicans held the Senate. "The third travel ban, affirmed by the Supreme Court today, is narrower than the travel ban Washington defeated past year". He called the evening Trump introduced Gorsuch as his nominee "one of the happiest nights of my Senate career". He attributed his decision to his desire to want to spend more time with his family.

Similarly, Democrats running in conservative states - such as Joe Manchin in West Virginia, Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota - could feel pressure to support the president's nominee. All three face reelection in states Trump won big.

Kennedy wrote all four of the court's landmark gay rights rulings, including the Romer v. Evans decision, ruling against a state constitutional amendment in Colorado preventing LGB people from claiming a protected status; Lawrence v. Texas, striking down sodomy laws; United States v. Windsor, which ended the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and the marriage equality ruling in 2015, Obergefell v. Hodges. His 51-49 majority is effectively 50-49, as Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

But whether the court goes after court precedent forcefully or in smaller cases, abortion rights supporters like NARAL Vice President Adrienne Kimmell said they're concerned for the future.

He penned the Supreme Court's first major gay-rights decision in 1996, protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters.

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