Anti-Gay Religious Bigot: Amy Coney Barrett used the term “sexual preference” to describe LGBT sexual orientation at her confirmation hearing, blowing an anti-gay dog whistle to the religious right.
Barrett, Trump’s nominee to fill the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat, was asked about Judge Scalia’s criticism of the same-sex marriage ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case which legalized gay marriage, Barrett dodged the substance of the question, but answered by suggesting that sexuality is a choice.
When asked about the ruling legalizing gay marriage Barrett said:
I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would never discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.
On its face Barrett’s answer may seem to be a superficial attempt to suggest that she does not or will not discriminate against LGBT people. However, the term “sexual preference” is an anti-gay dog whistle often used by religious conservatives to suggest that being LGBT is simply a choice. Such thinking is often used as a springboard to rationalize and justify discrimination against LGBT people, and to deny LGBT people basic human rights, like the right to marriage.
The following is a sample of reactions to Barrett’s anti-gay slur:
“Sexual preference,” a term used by Justice Barrett, is offensive and outdated. The term implies sexuality is a choice. It is not. News organizations should not repeat Justice Barrett’s words without providing that important context.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 13, 2020
Saying that you have never discriminated against someone because of their “sexual preference” is a sure fire way for others to know you discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.
— Guy Cecil (@guycecil) October 13, 2020
Barrett used “sexual preference” (not “sexual orientation”) when discussing her views on marriage equality.
— Lambda Legal (@LambdaLegal) October 13, 2020
It’s not a sexual “preference,” Judge Barrett. A preference is something you choose. I’ll give you and example: “I have a preference for non-radical, non-fundamentalist justices on the Supreme Court.” Are we clear?
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 13, 2020
For the record, Amy Coney Barrett is a dangerous religious extremist who believes a federal judge can subvert the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States in order to promote her own religious agenda. If given the chance, Barrett will replace secular law with conservative Christian dogma and bigotry. As such, she has no business serving on the Supreme Court.
Indeed, Barrett has even gone so far as to argue that her religious faith comes before the law, and that the Bible precedes the U.S. Constitution.
Bottom line: Amy Coney Barrett, a dangerous religious extremist, uses the term “sexual preference” to describe LGBT sexual orientation at her confirmation hearing, blowing an anti-gay dog whistle to the religious right.