Sessions A Huge Threat to Civil Rights, Freedom, and Equality
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) advocates urge the United States Senate to vote against confirming Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General
WASHINGTON, DC, January 10, 2017—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is joining LGBTQ advocates across the country in calling on the United States (U.S.) Senate to vote against the nomination of Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General.
“Senator Jeff Sessions is an opponent of civil rights with racist views that make him wholly unsuitable for Attorney General. He’s also anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-choice. He thinks the KKK is ‘OK,’ while disparaging the NAACP and ACLU as ‘un-American.’ He believes that core pieces of civil rights legislation such as the Voting Rights Act are ‘intrusive’ and has consistently voted against the civil rights legislation he will be charged with enforcing as Attorney General. We believe that ‘Sessions the Unjust’ is totally unsuitable to be the nation’s top justice official. The U.S. Senate has rejected him before for a federal judgeship because of his deeply troubling track record. We urge them to reject him again,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Senator Sessions has an extensive voting record against protecting LGBTQ people from violence, hate and discrimination including voting against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and the repeal of the anti-LGBTQ discriminatory military ban, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” (DADT). Sessions is also a sponsor of the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), legislation designed to allow unprecedented discrimination against LGBTQ people.
The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is lobbying U.S. Senators and mobilizing its 200,000 members to block the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #StopSessions.
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