His name sounds like something out of “Auntie Mame” but Senator Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III is one of the most homophobic candidates Trump has chosen as his Attorney General selection. His Senate confirmation hearing begins today. Rick Zbur Equality California Executive Director stated, “Sen. Jeff Sessions’ long record of disinterest in, at best, or outright hostility to protecting the civil rights of LGBT people, women & communities of color disqualifies him from serving as U.S. attorney general. His record has demonstrated that he is incapable of performing one of the chief duties of the office: ensuring that our nation’s civil & voting rights laws are enforced fairly & thoroughly. Sessions’ contempt for the LGBT community is well documented. He is a current co-sponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), which would give businesses, landlords or even government agencies license to discriminate against LGBT people if an individual believes that doing so would violate his or her religious beliefs. He was a longtime supporter of efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban marriage equality in all 50 states & supported federal legislation that would invalidate state laws permitting gay & lesbian couples to marry. He opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” & fought against federal laws protecting LGBT people from hate crimes. In addition, Sessions has displayed hostility to women, opposing the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act & to African-Americans, famously calling a black attorney ‘boy’ & suggesting that a white attorney representing black clients was a race traitor. Those comments disqualified him from serving as a federal judge in 1986 & similarly disqualify him from serving as U.S. attorney general today.”
Please contact your Senators to reject his nomination.
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