LGBTQ Legal group fears the worst from Trump’s AG nominee
One of the countries oldest LGBTQ advocacy and legal groups is expressing concern over Trump’s Attorney General nominee, Jeff Sessions.
Sessions, who has more publicly come under fire for his history of racial issues, has been an Alabama Senator since 1997 which gave him plenty of chances to make his stance on issues know, and boy did he.
He supported adding a permanent amendment to the U.S. Constitution to prevent marriage equality, voted against the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell which forced LGBT service members into the closet and voted against federal protections for LGBTQ employees as well as expanding the federal hate crime law to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
In a New York Times profile, Session’s record was put further under the microscope. They found the former Alabama AG spent the mid-90s fighting against LGBTQ groups on college campuses:
Advocates and career prosecutors see a shift in the department’s work on gay, lesbian and transgender issues as all but certain under Mr. Sessions. As Alabama’s attorney general in the mid-1990s, he defended a state law barring funding for gay student groups on state college campuses, arguing that their very existence encouraged violation of state sodomy laws. A federal appeals court disagreed, striking down the law as “blatant” discrimination.
“The Attorney General is the top lawyer in the land. Their job is to enforce the law and protect the civil rights of everyone in this country,” said CEO of Lambda Legal Rachel B. Tiven. ”Jeff Sessions has demeaned and dismissed LGBT people at every turn – especially those of us who are also immigrants, women, and people of color. He is a lifelong opponent of civil rights, and he is unfit to serve as Attorney General.”
Virginia currently lacks hate crime protections for LGBTQs, and the weak federal law has tried and failed to offer any teeth in the name of hate crimes like what occurred at an Amazon shipping facility two years ago. While the feds stepped in to prosecute what was clearly a hate crime in the eyes of Chesterfield police, the case remains unresolved.
Trump takes office 1/20, Sessions faces Senate confirmation this week with Democrats already rally against him.
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About 60 protesters showed up in Downtown Richmond this morning to protest an appearance by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. A multitude of groups representing a range of issues offered different, unconnected demonstrations that included chants and speeches hoping to amplify their concerns during the US AG’s visit. Among those in the crowd was the [...]March 15, 2017
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