Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020, in Washington, DC. | Hilary Swift/Getty Images
Sen. Mazie Hirono confronted Barrett about her use of the term.
While discussing LGBTQ rights, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday used a term that LGBTQ activists have called “offensive,” “outdated,” and a “dog whistle.”
“I have no agenda, and I do want to be clear that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference,” Barrett said, when asked about her stance on preserving protections for members of the LGBTQ community.
The term “sexual preference,” however, is an offensive one, which suggests that sexual orientation is a choice, Lambda Legal, a legal advocacy group, explained on Twitter.
Barrett used “sexual preference” (not “sexual orientation”) when discussing her views on marriage equality.
This is a dogwhistle. The term “sexual preference” is used by opponents of equality to suggest that being #LGBTQ is a…