(CNN) Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota grilled Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday about gender and his originalist interpretation of the Constitution.
During Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Klobuchar asked if the consistent use of the words "he" or "his" in describing the role of the president meant that the only a man can be president.
"So when the Constitution refers like 30-some times to 'his' or 'he' when describing the president of the United States, you would say that, as well, back then they actually thought a woman could be president even though women couldn't vote?" she asked.
"Senator, I'm not looking to take us back to quill pens and horse and buggy," he responded.
"But if you could just answer that question, it's pretty important to me," she continued.
"I'm trying to," he said. "Of course, women can be president of the United States. I'm the father of two daughters and I hope one of them turns out to be president of the United States."
(CNBC) Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, pressed about his record on LGBTQ rights, said Tuesday the top court has ruled that the Constitution protects same-sex marriage.
During the second day of Gorsuch's Senate confirmation hearings, the 49-year-old conservative appeals judge defended his work amid concerns from some Democrats and progressive groups about his potential effect on LGBTQ rights. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., questioned Gorsuch about his claims that he applied equal protection to all people.
"What about LGBTQ individuals?" Durbin asked.
"What about them? They're people," Gorsuch said.
"Of course," Durbin said. "What you said earlier was that you had a record of speaking out, standing up for those minorities who you believe are not being treated fairly. Can you point to statements or cases you've ruled on relative to that class?"
"Senator, I've tried to treat each case and each person as a person " not a 'this kind of person,' not a 'that kind of person' " a person. Equal justice under law. It is a radical promise in the history of mankind," Gorsuch said.
"Does that refer to sexual orientation, as well?" Durbin asked.
"Senator, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that single-sex marriage is protected by the Constitution," Gorsuch responded.
[ NOTE: Judge Gorsuch belongs to an episcopal church in Colorado led by a feminist woman rector who
welcomes impenitently non-repentant homogays and abortionists ]
During testimony with senatress Klobuchar, Gorsuch inferred that although Roe-v-Wade set powerful precedent for committing abortion homicide, the constant use of only male pronouns in the Constitution pertaining to President set precedent for women presidents who could not vote, but not for return to quill pens, horse and buggy.