Is this what religious liberty is all about?
A recent article in Law Newz reported on a Senate hearing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions that raises serious questions about equal opportunity for LGBTQ citizens. see the article below.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared to signal that employees working for the federal government can use their self-professed religiosity as a way to deny benefits to LGBT individuals in testimony earlier today.
Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of a Justice Department Oversight Hearing, Sessions was pressed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) as to his legal opinion about the compatibility of so-called religious liberty guidance emanating from the attorney general’s office and the obligations of federal employees who are hostile to LGBT rights.
Citing the guidance Sessions released to federal administrative agencies and executive departments-“Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty“-on the question of LGBT rights, Durbin asked the following question:
“Could a Social Security Administration employee refuse to accept or process spousal or survivor benefits paperwork for a surviving same-sex spouse?”
Sessions paused, groaned, smirked, and then responded:
“That’s something I never thought would arise, but I would have to give you a written answer to that-if you don’t mind?”