How the Amy Coney Barrett hearings reveal flaws in LGBT ‘marriage’ logic

Oct 17, 2020 by

by Peter Sprigg, LifeSite:

The Democrats — who are usually so quick to lecture others on following ‘the science’ — have apparently not kept up with the science on sexual orientation.

Among the Left’s desperate attacks on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, one of the silliest has to be their railing against her use of the term “sexual preference” in answering a question during her confirmation hearing related to the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision in which the Supreme Court unilaterally redefined civil “marriage” for all fifty states.

In response to a question the morning of October 13 from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Barrett said, “I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.”

One would think that the Left would be celebrating this apparent endorsement of their prized principle of “non-discrimination.” Instead, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) attacked Barrett that afternoon for using the term “sexual preference” — which she dubbed “offensive and outdated.” (The more politically correct term, you see, is “sexual orientation.”) Hirono insisted the term “sexual preference” is “used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice.”

Linguistically, it does no such thing. It seems self-evident that if a person has a homosexual “orientation” (often defined as having same-sex sexual attractions), then that person “prefers” sex with people of the same sex. The terms “sexual orientation” and “sexual preference” are essentially synonyms. And they were treated as such in the dictionary — until Tuesday night, when Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary suddenly added a statement that using “preference” as a synonym for “orientation” is considered “offensive.” This is notwithstanding the fact that the internet is crawling with examples of liberal heroes — including Joe Biden and Ruth Bader Ginsburg — using the term “sexual preference.”

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