President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett apologized for using the widely denounced term “sexual preference” to refer to LGBTQ Americans’ sexual orientations during her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.
Barrett used the term during an exchange with Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein earlier in the day.
“I have no agenda, and I do want to be clear that I have never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference. Like racism, I think discrimination is abhorrent,” Barrett said about the landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono criticized Barrett’s comment during her questioning time on Tuesday evening.
“Sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term. It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not,” Hirono said. “Sexual orientation is a key part of a person’s identity.”
Barrett suggested that she didn’t realize the term was offensive.