He has written all the court's major gay-rights decisions, including the 2015 ruling that declared same-sex marriage is a constitutional right nationwide.
Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his departure on Wednesday. But somehow the word reached places it was never meant to go, and, well, the general consensus seems to be that we must let go of it once and for all.
Justice Kennedy also favoured limits on the death penalty, writing the court's opinion in the 2005 Roper v. Simmons case, a five-four decision that barred executions for crimes committed by people under the age of 18.
Trump is expected to replace the 81-year-old Kennedy with a young, more rigidly conservative, justice and lock in a 5-4 conservative majority on the court, a prospect that sent instant waves of panic throughout progressive America. The second Trump Supreme Court nominee will be galvanizing call to Republicans to support Republicans on the ballot in Senate and House races in the midterms. "Because I've read Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, you never had one!"
Under the ban, nationals from five majority Muslim countries, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen, can not travel to the United States. "We have been present in this country before and after its revolution", the statement issued in Washington said.
Few obstacles seem to stand in the way of confirming Kennedy's replacement before the court reconvenes in October.
The battle over control of the court has become particularly intense in recent years.
But Senate Democrats still harbor a retributive impulse toward McConnell and the Republicans, who blocked the nomination of U.S. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick to fill the seat of the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. Three of them who are especially vulnerable - Joe Donnelly, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Manchin - voted for Neil Gorsuch's confirmation.