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House LGBT Caucus Calls on Senate to Reject Jeff Sessions Nomination

Jan 13, 2017
Press Release

1727 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: January 10, 2017         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572


House LGBT Caucus Calls on Senate to Reject Jeff Sessions Nomination

Washington D.C. -- The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus called on the Senate to reject Senator Jeff Sessions’s nomination for Attorney General.

“The Senate cannot confirm an Attorney General nominee who doesn’t believe in civil rights to oversee our country’s civil rights protections – it’s worse than letting a fox guard the henhouse,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18). “Jeff Sessions thinks it’s ok to fire people like me or my husband or even refuse our kids childcare simply because our family looks a little bit different than most families – and we can’t allow someone with those beliefs to be our nation’s highest attorney, charged with protecting the rights of all Americans.”  

During his time in the Senate, Senator Jeff Sessions repeatedly voted against critical LGBT protections, including the LGBT-inclusive Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women’s Act, and has supported anti-LGBT legislation. As Attorney General of Alabama, Sessions used the power of his office to target and attempt to stop an LGBT conference from taking place at the University of Alabama. As Attorney General, Senator Sessions would be responsible for, among other responsibilities, enforcing federal hate crimes and non-discrimination protections for all Americans, including the LGBT community.

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality. The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world. By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.