Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is clarifying her use of the phrase “sexual preference,” apologizing to those who interpreted her word choice as suggesting hostility toward LGBT rights.
Earlier in her confirmation hearing, Barrett told senators that she has not “discriminated on the basis of sexual preference.”
That phrase is not used by LGBT advocates because of its suggestion that sexual orientation or gender identity is a choice.
Democratic senators seized on that moment, with Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii warning Barrett that the term is “offensive and outdated.”
Barrett later clarified that she intended to suggest no hostility with her use of the term.
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