The U.S. Senate confirmed on Wednesday, Dec. 11, Lawrence VanDyke, who becomes the 50th circuit court judge nominated by President Donald Trump, The Washington Times reported.
His nomination and subsequent confirmation is in line with President Trump’s promise to reshape the federal court with a conservative bent, in contrast to his predecessor Obama, who primarily appointed judges in favor of abortion and other progressive policies.
Lawrence VanDyke, appointed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was approved by senators 51-44, making him the 50th judicial nominee appointed to a federal circuit court since the president took office in January 2017.
VanDyke, 47, will take the place of Nevada-based Judge Jay Bybee. Nevada Democratic senators opposed VanDyke’s nomination, claiming that his four-year term as state attorney general did not demonstrate sufficient ties to Nevada, according to Law.com.
However, his position is already confirmed. President Trump took the opportunity to congratulate him on Twitter.
Congratulations to JUDGE LAWRENCE VANDYKE on being confirmed to the Ninth Circuit. Great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2019
Van Dyke was questioned by the left and the LGBTQ community because of his statements against gay marriage claiming it could harm children and society.
In fact, on Oct. 30, 2019, when a hearing on VanDyke’s nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee, most of the two-hour hearing focused on VanDyke’s record on LGBTQ issues.
During his confirmation hearing, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) asked VanDyke, “Did you say you wouldn’t be fair to members of the LGBTQ community?”
VanDyke broke into tears, denying the accusation, “I didn’t say that. I do not believe that. It is a fundamental belief of mine that all people are created in the image of God, and they should all be treated with dignity and respect.”