Civil liberties groups and hundreds of protesters rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to voice dissent against President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch as a new justice.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Civil liberties groups were joined by hundreds of protesters on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday (January 31) to voice their dissent of President Donald Trump's choice of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Close to 300 protesters carried signs and chanted as a loose coalition of progressive groups held a rally to protest Trump's decision, saying Gorsuch represents a major step backwards for issues such as women's rights and other civil liberties. Trump on Tuesday nominated Gorsuch for a lifetime job on the U.S. Supreme Court, picking the 49-year-old federal appeals court judge to restore the court's conservative majority and help shape rulings on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control, the death penalty and religious rights. The federal appeals court judge is a conservative intellectual known for backing religious rights and seen as very much in the mold of Antonin Scalia, the justice he was chosen to replace and who died in February of 2016. Gorsuch is considered a conservative intellectual, known for backing religious rights and writing against euthanasia and assisted suicide, and is seen as very much in the mold of Scalia, a leading conservative voice on the court for decades. The new president is moving swiftly to reshape the federal bureaucracy, appointing agency heads who could upend the legacy of President Barack Obama on emissions, health care and internet policy. The court's views on agencies' agendas will be critical.