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A Brief History Of Incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Horrific Antigay Record


Jeff Sessions. Jeff f-ing Sessions. That is who Donald Trump has tapped to be our nation’s next Attorney General.

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A lot has been written about this 69-year-old reported Klan-sympathizer and junior Senator from Alabama who is set to replace our nation’s first African American woman ever to serve as AG.

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And, as is often the case with racists, he’s also a total homophobe. Sessions scores an impressive zero percent by the HRC. He has consistently voted against advancements in LGBTQ rights for nearly 20 years, and has made a number of off-color comments about gay people, as well.

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Let’s take a quick look a this voting record when it comes to the most important LGBTQ issues:

  • In 2000, Sessions voted against an amendment that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include sexual orientation. He voted against it a second time in 2002.
  • In 2004 and again in 2006, Sessions voted in favor of advancing the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would defined marriage across the entire  United States as a union of one man and one woman.
  • In 2010, Sessions voted against repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
  • In 2011, Sessions spoke out against President Obama and in defense of DOMA.

But it’s not just Sessions’ voting record that is, frankly, deplorable. He’s also made a number of homophobic comments over the years, for instance:

  • When asked about the appointment of an openly gay Supreme Court justice in 2010, Sessions relied: “I do not think that a person who acknowledges that they have gay tendencies is disqualified, per se, for the job [but] that would be a big concern that the American people might feel uneasy about that.”
  • Also in 2010, Sessions said allowing gay soldiers to serve openly in the military would “add additional burden” on straight soldiers who are already under a lot of stress fighting in war zones.
  • In 2011, when speaking in favor of DOMA, Sessions called same-sex marriage “very troubling” and “unacceptable.”
  • In 2015, Sessions called the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality “problematic,” adding that “anybody that denies that doesn’t understand law.”
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