Donald Trump’s chosen nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), pushed for gay groups to be excluded from events on a college campus.
According to CNN, Sessions tried to stop the Southeastern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual College Conference from having a meeting at the University of Alabama in 1996. Sessions cited a law in the state prohibiting colleges from funding groups involved in “actions prohibited by the sodomy and sexual misconduct laws.”
Sessions sent a letter to the president of the University advising them to cancel the event, alleging that the proposed conference violated state law.
Later, he had a press conference in which he threatened to get a court order to stop the event.
A few days later, a federal judge struck down the law and said it violated the First Amendment of the Constitution.
If confirmed as U.S. Attorney General, Sessions would be charged with defending the rights of all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, or race.
This case, in addition to troubling racial allegations that prevented Sessions from being confirmed as a federal judge, are sure to come up during hearings into his nominations.
Republicans have already promised to fast track Sessions’ nomination, holding hearings before Trump is even inaugurated, even as the same committee has refused to hold hearings for President Obama’s final Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.