Have you ever thought about the job description for a Supreme Court Justice?

What is it, exactly, that they are supposed to do? In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard highlights two distinctly different views.

Ask your senators to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch.

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Stuart Shepard with Family Policy Alliance was a guest on Alabama’s Faith Radio network on February 3. He and host Bob Crittenden discussed the president’s Supreme Court nominee, as well as the strong affirmation of religious freedom by Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

You can listen to their conversation on the Faith Radio website.

Elite media outlets are declaring a Supreme Court seat was “stolen.”

In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard shares some questions you can ask your friends who echo that narrative.

Ask your U.S Senators to confirm Judge Gorsuch.

Today, President Donald Trump met with Senate leaders to discuss his Supreme Court nominee. Sources have said the announcement could come next week.

On the campaign trail, the President announced a list of possible Supreme Court picks. We’re now hearing that he has pared that list down to a few names. Here’s a look at those being called the front runners.

Neil Gorsuch:

Judge Neil Gorsuch is seated on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Colorado. Gorsuch is strong on religious freedom and has ruled in favor of our first freedoms, especially when it comes to the HHS mandate in Obamacare.

At 49 years old, Gorsuch would be one of the youngest picks in the last 25 years. He has agreed with Justice Antonin Scalia’s rulings in several cases and once said during a speech that “Scalia’s career was to remind us of the difference between judges and legislators.”

He attended Harvard and has a Ph.D. from Oxford. He’s considered an originalist – meaning he believes the Constitution should be interpreted as the Founders intended, rather than a “living document” the court can change.

William Pryor:

Judge William Pryor sits on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has called the Roe v. Wade decision “an abomination” and is an originalist.

About himself, Pryor has said, “I am a conservative, and I believe in the strict separation of governmental powers. Courts should not resolve political problems.”

Pryor has been criticized for three opinions that are perceived to have expanded special rights for people who say they are transgender.

Diane Sykes:

Judge Diane Sykes is a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Chicago. Sykes received her law degree from Marquette University, spent two years at Harvard Law and one at Columbia. She’s also a member of the Federalist Society.

Sykes has been called a “moderate conservative.” She once sentenced a group of pro-life protesters to jail and also ruled against an Indiana law to defund Planned Parenthood. Some conservatives are calling on the administration to remove her from the list.


If you’re dreaming of a conservative Christmas – you’re not alone!

We’re giving you the opportunity to send this “Christmas Wish List” to the new president! You can send it to Mr. Trump quickly and easily through the Family Policy Alliance Action Center.

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When you cast your ballot, your vote is for more than just a president.

As Stuart Shepard explains in his Stoplight® commentary, your vote will also be toward a Supreme Court nominee. That selection will impact decisions regarding life, marriage and religious freedom for the rest of your life.

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The Supreme Court’s Obergefell ruling last summer left many states in limbo concerning marriage law. Now, a Tennessee lawsuit is calling for much needed clarity.

 David Fowler, president of Family Action Council of Tennessee, explains why the suit is needed and what he hopes the outcome will be.


The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a commonsense Texas law that requires abortion facilities to meet the same standards as other surgical centers, putting the lives of women at risk.

Autumn Leva tells us the effects of the decision may be felt far beyond the Lone Star State.


The March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., will be held on Saturday, June 25, the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that redefined marriage.

The Obergefell v. Hodges ruling blatantly ignored the U.S. Constitution and wrongly imposed the will of five justices on all 50 states. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, is helping organize the rally.

“We will be marching this year to protest the unprecedented and egregiously incorrect ruling of the narrow majority in Obergefell,” he said, “as well as to advocate defense in law for the rights of people of faith to abide by the consciences and the mandates of their religion when it comes to recognizing or participating in the solemnization of same-sex ‘marriages.’”

He added that they will also speak out about the administration’s efforts to open up public school girls restrooms and locker rooms to boys.

Marriage supporters will rally in front of the Capitol, then march to the steps of the Supreme Court. You can learn more about the event and sign up at MarriageMarch.org.


Five justices on the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law today that required abortion sellers to meet the same level of medical safety standards as other similar surgical centers.

Writing for the majority, Justice Stephen Breyer described such basic requirements as an “undue burden.”

The three conservative justices stood against the decision. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “Our law is now so riddled with special exceptions for special rights that our decisions deliver neither predictability nor the promise of a judiciary bound by the rule of law.”

Family Policy Alliance filed a brief with the high court in support of the commonsense law. President Paul Weber said women deserve better than today’s ruling.

“All abortionists and abortion facilities should be held to the same basic standards of care we expect in other surgical centers in our country,” he explained. “Is this ruling really considering the best interests of women? Likely not.”

Jonathan Saenz, president of our ally Texas Values, said the five justices care more about profits for abortion clinics than safety for women.

“Our main concern is the protection of innocent life and Texas women,” he said. “We will continue to stand for women to keep them safe so they are not maimed or die in abortion clinics.”

Autumn Leva, policy director for Family Policy Alliance, said the Court is forcing states to accept “inferior care in order to make it easier for abortion sellers to stay in business.”

“Hillary Clinton is already celebrating it as a victory,” the attorney said. “If she is elected president, we can expect a liberal court for generations.”