U.S. Attorney General
As Attorney General
-- 2.22.17 - With help of President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded Title IX protections for transgender students in our nation's schools.
Prior to Service
-- A former deputy, a black man, testified that Sessions called him "boy," warned him about how he talked to white people, and said that Sessions thought the Ku Klux Klan was "OK, until he learned that they smoked marijuana."
-- A Justice Department lawyer testified that Sessions described the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union as "un-American" and "Communist-inspired."
-- Equated support for Federal Marriage Amendment with changing the constitution so that it opposed slavery: "When a case comes up of this kind, we can say with certainty there is a likelihood, and many scholars believe a very high likelihood, that the Court would rule that traditional marriage is too restrictive, it has to be changed from the way the people have defined it. We do not have to accept that. We have every right to amend the Constitution. The laws in the Constitution provided for slavery---that was changed."
-- Claimed the Supreme Court's ruling overturning sodomy laws "divorced morality from law."
-- While attempting to defund the National Endowment of the Arts, echoed social conservative claims that "the National Endowment for the Arts showed explicit homosexual activities on the screen using a $31,000 grant."
-- Condemned California federal judge for finding the state's discriminatory marriage ban to be unconstitutional, claiming he "was citing his own views, emotions and feelings" rather than the law.
-- Reportedly fought to stop LGBTQ conference: As Alabama's attorney general in 1996, Sessions attempted to stop the Southeastern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual College Conference from meeting at the University of Alabama under a state law passed in 1992 that made it illegal for public universities to fund in any way a group that promotes "actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws."
-- While opposing the nomination of a DC Superior Court judge, he cited (and placed on record) letters from viciously anti-LGBTQ groups like the Traditional Values Coalition, which faulted the nominee for her "radical lesbianism, anti-marriage" views.
-- Implied the US Supreme Court was not allowed to find a right to marriage equality and that he might continue the fight: "...what this court did-they can't to do, nothing in the constitution for such a result no mention of marriage in the constitution,' says Sessions. It's an issue that evokes a lot of passion on both sides and may not be over."
-- Cosponsored the so-called First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow opponents of marriage equality to discriminate against LGBTQ (or even supportive) customers and contractors.
-- Cosponsored the so-called State Marriage Defense Act, a bill designed to circumvent federal protections for same-sex married couples.
-- Voted against repeal of the military's discriminatory Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
-- Referred to a gay sexual orientation as having "gay tendencies."
-- Known for his hardline stances on immigration, for decades opposing any bill that includes a path to citizenship.