Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will retire from the Supreme Court of the United States, NBC reported.
Kennedy, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, has been a swing vote, leaning to the left in recent landmark cases, and wrote the court’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, striking down bans on same-sex marriage nationwide.
President Trump will have the opportunity to nominate a new justice after Kennedy’s retirement, effective July 31, 2018. The White House has posted Trump’s list of potential candidates.
Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz explained the significance of Trump’s nominee.
"Given that the Democrats will go nuclear no matter who Trump nominates, and given that this will partially swing the balance on the court, Trump has nothing to lose. Conservatives should have no doubt where the new justice will stand on the critical constitutional issues of our time. Issues of national sovereignty should be his top priority when searching for a true originalist," Horowitz said.