Jeff Sessions, Trump’s pick for Attorney General of the United States, is on the cusp of receiving Senate confirmation this morning. We have reported on Sessions’ troubling past, with allegations of racism going back more than twenty years. With senators placing their votes soon, it is worth remembering that Sessions also has a very disturbing – and recent – track record with respect to LGBTQ rights.
As reported by NBC News, Sessions sponsored the 2015 First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). The bill failed in 2015 after critics decried its anti-LGBTQ, discriminatory impacts. As described by NBC News, “basically, [FADA] paves the way for colleges, private businesses and government offices to turn away LGBTQ people and anyone else not reserving their sexual relations to a ‘marriage … of one man and one woman.'”
Trump has vowed to force FADA, or some variant, through Congress.
Critics from Lamda Legal criticized the bill, saying it “violates both Equal Protection and the Establishment Clause by elevating one set of religious beliefs above all others, and by targeting LGBT Americans as a group, contrary to settled constitutional law.”