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Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett used the widely-denounced term “sexual preference” to refer to LGBTQ Americans’ sexual orientation during her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, sparking widespread criticism from LGBTQ rights advocates and others.
Barrett refused to say whether she agreed with the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right. Barrett said recently that she holds the same judicial philosophy as former conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom she clerked in the late 1990s.
Scalia dissented in the Obergefell case and argued that same-sex marriage is not a legal right.
“I have no agenda and I do want to be clear that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference,” Barrett said in response to questioning about Obergefell on Tuesday. “Like racism, I think discrimination is abhorrent.”
LGBTQ rights organizations and others quickly pointed out that the correct term is “sexual orientation” and that anti-LGBTQ activists often use the term “preference” to falsely claim that gender identity and sexual orientation are a choice.
“This is a dogwhistle,” Lambda Legal, a top LGBTQ rights legal advocacy organization, …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics