If Amy Coney Barrett Has To Apologize for Saying Sexual ‘Preference,’ Does Joe Biden?
At Tuesday’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D–Calif.) asked Barrett if she would roll back protections for LGBT citizens. Barrett responded that she “never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.”
For many progressives, this was a bad answer. That’s because the term sexual preference is apparently offensive: The preferred term is sexual orientation.
“Barrett’s use of ‘sexual preference’ alarmed many viewers, myself included, for good reason,” wrote Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern. “The archaic phrase suggests that sexuality is a choice, that gay and bisexual people simply prefer to partner with people of the same sex—a preference that, with enough willpower, can be changed.”
Barrett’s use of preference didn’t just irk Slate magazine writers and the wokest of the woke on Twitter: Two Democratic senators—Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono and New Jersey’s Cory Booker—brought this up with her during their remarks. Hirono accused Barrett of using “outdated and offensive” terminology. Echoing the prog
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