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Sessions flip-flops: Gay Supreme Court nominee would be a ‘big concern.’

By Satyam Khanna  

"Sessions flip-flops: Gay Supreme Court nominee would be a ‘big concern.’"

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Earlier this week, Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) made headlines when he said he was open to a gay Supreme Court nominee. “I don’t think a person who acknowledges that they have gay tendencies is disqualified per se for the job,” he said. Yesterday on Fox News, Sessions initially sounded accepting of a gay nominee, saying, “Republicans do not believe in identity politics.” But he immediately qualified his statement, adding that a gay nominee would be a “big concern”:

Q: On the question of a gay nominee, one person is noted as saying that he believes it is a bridge too far to have a gay nominee.

SESSIONS: Well, I think that would be a big concern that the American people might feel — might feel uneasy about that. It is a matter for the president to decide.

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The conservative group Focus on the Family also said yesterday, “We agree with Senator Sessions. The issue is not their sexual orientation. It’s whether they are a good judge or not.” But Sessions is now retreating to the position of anti-gay colleagues like Sen. John Thune (R-SD).

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