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What 10 key opinions by Neil Gorsuch say about his judicial mindset

The conservatism of Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee is evident in his judicial rulings

JOHN FRANK
jfrank@denverpost.com
and DAVID MIGOYA
dmigoya@denverpost.com

Neil Gorsuch's conservative credentials are evident in opinions from his decade-plus tenure on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

The 49-year-old Colorado native, nominated Tuesday for the U.S. Supreme Court, is well known for his artful judicial opinions. And his orders have touched on a number of controversial issues — from religious liberty and birth control to executive authority and immigration.

Here is a look at a handful of his key opinions:

Religious beliefs

The case: Hobby Lobby Stores vs. Sebelius, 2013. The Hobby Lobby craft store chain sued to challenge the requirement in the Affordable Care Act that an employer's insurance policy must cover all forms of birth control.

The ruling: The 10th Circuit ruled that federal law prohibited the requirement from applying to closely held corporations, with Judge Gorsuch in agreement. The U.S. Supreme Court later upheld that view in a 5-4 decision.

In his concurring opinion, Gorsuch defended religious freedom, writing that it "doesn't just apply to protect popular religious beliefs: it does perhaps its most important work in protecting unpopular religious beliefs, vindicating this nation's long-held aspiration to serve as a refuge of religious tolerance." He argued that the ACA would force businesses "to underwrite payments for drugs or devices that can have the effect of destroying a fertilized human egg."

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Quote: "It is not for secular courts to rewrite the religious complaint of a faithful adherent, or to decide whether a religious teaching about complicity imposes 'too much' moral disapproval on those only 'indirectly' assisting wrongful conduct."

Read the entire story in The Denver Post.

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