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High court battle takes shape : Opponents of would-be Justice Neil M. Gorsuch are focusing largely on his stance on freedom of religion.

Liberal activists and Senate Democrats on Wednesday launched what is likely to be a protracted battle to block President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, focusing on how his conservative views could threaten women's rights, gay marriage and church-state separation.

But Gorsuch has not given Democrats much to work with. He hasn't ruled directly on cases involving abortion and gay rights, and he won Senate confirmation a decade ago on a voice vote with no opposition.

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