Hirono: Pro-choice Barrett alarms homosexuals or something

(CNN) Early on in Tuesday’s confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett used a term that alarmed many LGBTQ+ people and advocates:

Sexual preference.

Barrett referenced the term when asked about the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which granted the right to same-sex marriage — a choice of words that Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono condemned in a lengthy statement.

“Even though you didn’t give a direct answer I think your response did speak volumes,” Hirono said. “Not once, but twice, you used the term sexual preference to describe those in the LGBTQ community. And let me make clear, sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term.”

Hirono continued, “It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not…”

It’s true that sexual preference and sexual orientation have often been used interchangeably by some in the past.

But language is constantly evolving and adapting to reflect the experiences and ideas of those it describes. Terms that might have seemed acceptable even a few years ago may not be viewed as such today.

For example, as recently as last month, Merriam-Webster included the term sexual preference under its definition of the word “preference” to refer to sexual orientation. The dictionary has since updated its entry to reflect the way the term is now interpreted.

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35 Responses to Hirono: Pro-choice Barrett alarms homosexuals or something

  1. Suburban Boy

    We are at war with Eurasia.

    We have always been at war with Eurasia.

  2. Bruce

    Old saying:

    “You know you’re over the target when the Flak gets heavy”

  3. Carpe Jugulum

    Hirono is a certifiable loon, this was her great gotcha moment? Really, she is just a seat warming democritter rambling insanity to her fellow perpetually offended mouth breathers

  4. The church of the left has declared that all sexual preferences are determined at birth but all genders are by choice.

    It’s da Science!, you know.

  5. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Hirono is a powerful argument for ending universal suffrage

  6. Peter Smith

    Someone once remarked that I had a sexual preference for women. I now understand how deeply offensive is this remark – suggesting that I had a choice when in fact preferring men was never an option for me.

  7. candy

    I’ve heard the term “political orientation” – which implies no choice or thought, just acceptance. Perhaps it is in the Merriam-Webster.

    Actually “political preference” makes much more sense.

  8. a happy little debunker

    Gender is a choice – but sexuality isn’t?

    Despite our scientist’s ability to map the entire Human Genome – they still cannot detect the ‘gay’ gene.
    BUT,
    For some reason behavioral therapy is now banned in Australia, on the assumption that behavior modification is cruel and inhuman – yet we send people to jail to modify their anti-social behavior.

  9. Nob

    What kind of idiots spend their lives keeping up with this stuff?

    Like some dictionary changes something and the whole world is meant to notice and follow suit within a week?

    That’s faster than Beatlemania.

    Doesn’t anyone have work to do?

  10. Roger

    …some reason behavioral therapy is now banned in Australia, on the assumption that behavior modification is cruel and inhuman

    That’s the purported rationale.

    But don’t tell me a goodly portion of those on the Left wouldn’t favour re-education camps for traditionalists & social conservatives if they ever had the power to do so.

  11. Catlady

    Some activists object to bisexuality and pansexuality. They think they are being greedy. 😱

  12. Professor Fred Lenin

    Hirono ? Is theat the little fat Jap sheila the idiots in Hawaii elected as a Democrim Senator? What the Hell were they thinking ?
    There are a lot of idiots about ,the idiots of Delaware elected Paedo Joe the corruptocrat for years ,be a good place to keep away from probably full of Democrim KKK wankers.
    MAKE AMERICA GREAT ,DRAIN THE SWAMP .

  13. Oh come on

    One should bear in mind that Hirono is so incredibly stupid that she should probably be considered mentally disabled.

  14. Tel

    I can understand there’s an argument both for and against the idea of free will.

    However, for the political leftists, they simultaneously believe that people do have free will and at the same time everything is deterministic … it’s a quantum superposition like Schrodinger’s Cat.

    There’s some people who like very sweet foods, while other people are happy with bitter drinks like black coffee … this is generally known as a “preference” although we could argue long and loud about whether it might be genetic, or the result of habit, or something that comes with the aging process. Getting offended over it doesn’t change anything, although it’s a way of bullying other people.

  15. Rex Anger

    However, for the political leftists, they simultaneously believe that people do have free will and at the same time everything is deterministic … it’s a quantum superposition like Schrodinger’s Cat.

    But you are free, Comrade.

    To do exactly what we want you to do, exactly when we want you to do it, and exactly how we want you to do it.

    And if you refuse to comply, we will cancel you.

    Resistance is futile… [/Borg]

    (Only a pack of cultural marxism-compliant leftists could perfect the horrific depiction of a race of hiveminded drones that spread solely by cybernetic press-ganging, obliterating all individuality, and yet leaving the victim’s original personality underneath intact. Only to drown them in a sea of others’ voices. Watch some of the ex-drone episodes of Stark Trek Voyager, and wonder why all the decoupled drones are not completely schizoid or catatonic after a lifetime of compelled control and psychic torture. Leftist immunity to consequences?)

  16. Michel Lasouris

    Is that uppermost in the Swamp’s mind? We’re doomed!

  17. Nob
    #3621568, posted on October 17, 2020 at 10:43 am

    What kind of idiots spend their lives keeping up with this stuff?

    Like some dictionary changes something and the whole world is meant to notice and follow suit within a week?

    Actually, Miriam changed the definition (by adding the word ‘offensive’) AFTER Hirono made a dick of herself in the Senate hearing.
    The new definition isn’t even a week old.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    And let me make clear, sexual preference is an offensive and outdated term.

    Joe Biden used that horrific phrase back in May.
    Maybe he shouldn’t be elected President then.

  19. cuckoo

    The dictionary has since updated its entry to reflect the way the term is now interpreted.

    Oh, you mean in same the way that the Australian Macquarie Dictionary altered the definition of ‘misogyny’ in its online dictionary to provide cover for Julia Gillard in 2012. The ABC report linked to conveniently neglects to mention that the Macquarie only changed its definition after LNP members started citing the existing definition in order to contradict Gillard.

  20. Roger

    I can understand there’s an argument both for and against the idea of free will.

    While some people hold completely determinisitic or, otoh, completely voluntarist positions on that question, there are actually mediating positions too. Having said that, yes, I suspect your average Marxist activist veers from one to the other depending on how it justifies her position on the issue at hand. Thus, for e.g., the actions of juvenile criminals are determined by social factors, while the actions of mining exectutives are freely chosen.

  21. John A

    Carpe Jugulum #3621492, posted on October 17, 2020, at 10:02 am

    Hirono is a certifiable loon, this was her great gotcha moment? Really, she is just a seat warming democritter rambling insanity to her fellow perpetually offended mouth breathers

    Well, she also tried the “when did you stop beating your wife?” argument. The gracious nominee answered concisely, using one of the shortest words in the English language – twice. The fact that Mrs Barrett did not proffer a rejoinder to those two gutter questions remains, to me, astoundingly impressive.

  22. Rob MW

    Hirono continued, “It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not…”

    Lol………except for medical intervention where the installation of a turbo charged vigina and a set of sherman tank tits is a choice.

  23. PB

    Some activists object to bisexuality and pansexuality. They think they are being greedy.

    Prefer the thin-crust myself.

    Isn’t it still a preference, even if it is assumedly a hard-wired choice? I mean, we all have plumbing installed, doesn’t the preference lie in how we think it is best directed?

  24. 2dogs

    There is still nothing wrong with ACB’s use of the term in this case. A person might be physically sexually oriented towards attraction to certain traits, but have preferences that are different. For example, a nun might be heterosexual but prefer not to have sex at all.

    So when ACB asserted that she will not discriminate against someone because of their sexual preferences, she is going further so as to include that person’s choices (the nun’s abstinence) and not just their orientation (the nun’s heterosexuality).

  25. PB

    The use of noxious wordgames by divisive filth like that Hirono thing is a far greater problem.

    A lot of rope is gonna be needed.

  26. Rex Mango

    Very rare to meet a gay bloke who has never slept with a woman. There is lot of choice involved.

  27. Damon

    Hirono is a great argument for post-natal abortion.

  28. Daily llama

    I’m of the belief that to belong to the Cat community one needs to be honest- let me state for the record, the best sex I’ve ever had has been with women!

  29. classical_hero

    The left don’t even hide their contempt.

  30. Arky

    No one is gay.
    I guarantee if you lock any two fertile people of the opposite sex in a shipping container for a year, at the end of that year there will be three people in the shipping container.
    Everything else is by choice.

  31. Entropy

    Arky
    #3622233, posted on October 17, 2020 at 7:33 pm
    No one is gay.
    I guarantee if you lock any two fertile people of the opposite sex in a shipping container for a year, at the end of that year there will be three people in the shipping container.
    Everything else is by choice.

    In the immortal rods of Ian Malcolm

    Nature, uh, finds a way.

  32. NuThink

    Hirono continued, “It is used by anti-LGBTQ activists to suggest that sexual orientation is a choice. It is not…”

    What does Hirono think about the Anne Heche, who was with Ellen Degeneres for some time then met a man Coleman Laffoon and married and had three kids?

  33. In the immortal rods of Ian Malcolm

    I laughed uncontrollably for a bit, given the subject matter.

    Ole’ Two dogs Ian Malcolm!

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