Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) questioned Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday on her use of the term “sexual preference” during her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, instead of the politically correct term “sexual orientation.”
The term “preference” implies a degree of choice, whereas current intellectual orthodoxy in the LGBTQ community considers sexuality and gender identity to be inherent.
Earlier, Barrett had used the term “sexual preference” — a rather common term until recently — and Slate.com called it an “anti-gay dog whistle to the religious right.”
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) had criticized Barrett’s use of the term:
Senator Hirono going after Judge Barrett for her language on LGBTQ rights: Sexual preference is an offense and outdated term and I don’t think you using it was an accident. Sexual orientation is a key part of people’s lives.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) October 13, 2020
Booker began by commenting on Obergefell v. Hodges (2015),