Amy Coney Barrett apologized Tuesday for referring to sexual orientation as a “desire” throughout the second day of her Supreme Court docket affirmation listening to.
“I definitely did not imply and would by no means imply to make use of a time period that may trigger any offense to the LGBTQ neighborhood,” Barrett stated, after questioning by Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). “So, if I did, I enormously apologize for that. I merely meant to be referring to Obergefell’s ruling with respect to same-sex marriage.”
Barrett made the comment earlier within the day earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee when requested by the panel about Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark Supreme Court docket case that led to the legalization of same-sex marriage throughout the nation. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had requested Barrett, a conservative-leaning decide who clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, if she shared the late Supreme Court docket justice’s dissenting views on the case.