Asked if the Orlando massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub, had changed his mind on supporting LGBT rights, – specifically the amendment offered up Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) that would restore nondiscrimination protection requirements for federal contractors – Sessions denied that the nightclub was a gay venue and that most of the victims were LGBT people.
“It was a young person’s nightclub, I’m told. And there were some [LGBT people] there, but it was mostly Latinos.”
After passing language to repeal President Obama’s executive order requiring the protections, the House erupted in chaos when Maloney’s amendment originally passed with support from Republicans but eventually failed when Republican leadership held the vote open longer than Congressional rules dictate and pushed caucus members to change their vote. When enough representatives bowed to leadership’s demands, the vote was closed and the amendment failed – but not before Democrats erupted in outrage causing chaos in the House of Representatives.
A week later, the amendment was added to other legislation and passed with the support of 40 Republicans. Obviously, the homophobic Congress member continues to oppose LGBT rights and gun control measures.