Today, Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III began his obligatory exercise in po-faced assurances- lips pursed, looking for all the world like Granny Clampett in drag- that he was not, in fact, so racist a Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee rejected his nomination for a federal judgeship (by President Reagan, no less) thirty years ago. Well, not any more.
Among the fingers-crossed lines in his prepared statement was this howler:
I understand the demands for justice and fairness made by the LGBT community. I will ensure that the statutes protecting their rights and their safety are fully enforced.Sessions understands those demands because he has been an implacable opponent of every single one that has ever come before him in the seventy years of his stunted, spite-filled life.
Sessions supported a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality in America.
Sessions opposed federal legislation protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination in the workplace.
Sessions opposed the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
Sessions opposed amending federal hate crimes law to include attacks on LGBT Americans.
Sessions is a cosponsor of the Federal First Amendment Defense Act, which seeks to allow discrimination against LGBT Americans by anyone, anytime, because Jesus.
In the Human Rights Campaign's annual rankings of members of Congress by his support of LGT rights measures, Senator Jeff Sessions has never scored better than a zero. Jeff Sessions has been a US Senator for twenty years.
He chose his words carefully. He can assure Senators he will uphold "the statutes protecting their rights" because there aren't any.