Democrat 2020 presidential candidate and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker prodded a Trump judicial nominee Tuesday over her views on same-sex marriage and even asked if she thought gay relationships were a “sin.”
The 49-year-old Booker didn’t mince words during the confirmation hearing for judicial nominee Neomi Rao about his disapproval with the Trump administration’s push to end Obama’s practice of awarding contracts to employers and nonprofit organizations that have sexual orientation and gender identity anti-discrimination policies. The Obama-era policy likewise banned contracts from being awarded to companies that didn’t have LGBT policies.
Booker asked Rao, who was nominated to fill the D.C. appellate court judgeship left vacant by the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh last year, whether she personally thinks gay relationships are “immoral.”
Rao, who serves as the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, pushed back, saying she didn’t think that line of questioning was relevant.
But Booker responded: “I think that [it is] relevant, your opinion if you think that African-American relationships are immoral, do you think gay relationships are immoral? Do you personally believe that gay relationships are immoral?”
After reluctantly responding that she did not think gay relationships were immoral, Booker followed up by asking if Rao thought gay relationships were a “sin.”
“Senator, my personal views on any of these subjects are things that I would put to one side and I would faithfully follow [the precedence of the Supreme Court],” Rao, the 45-year-old attorney, explained.
Booker responded: “So you are not willing to say here whether you believe it is sinful for two men to be married? You are not willing to comment on that?”
“My response is that these personal views are ones that I would put to one side, whatever my personal views are on this subject, I would faithfully follow the precedence of the Supreme Court,” Rao assured.
Booker’s line of questioning started when he asked Rao to elaborate on a 2008 piece she wrote in which she criticized the court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, which invalidated state laws that criminalized same-sex relationships.
“You said that the court’s tradition ‘eschews older traditions in favor of an emerging awareness of the meaning and the scope of liberty,’” Booker said. “In your view, should the Supreme Court have been in the business of upholding older traditions, as you said, of laws that criminalize same-sex relationships?”
Rao reasoned that the comments were made in the course of an analysis about “dignity and constitutional law.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith