UPDATE: A copy of Sessions’ speech has been leaked and there’s a reason why he wanted it hidden.
The Department of Justice is refusing to release the transcript of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech to an anti-LGBTQ group Alliance Defending Freedom, delivered on Tuesday at its Summit on Religious Liberty.
The event was closed to the press, and attempts to get a copy of the remarks delivered by Sessions from the DOJ have been denied.
“The Department of Justice released a transcript of remarks he delivered in Dallas earlier on Tuesday and a transcript of remarks he delivered in Las Vegas on Wednesday, but a transcript of his address to the Alliance Defending Freedom has yet to be released,” ABC notes.
Alliance Defending Freedom is supporting Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Colorado bakery at the center of a case the United States Supreme Court has decided to take up to determine if religious people have a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
It has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBTQ stances, and now the group has filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the transcript of Sessions’ remarks.
“We’re concerned that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would make a speech behind closed doors to a group that supports criminalizing homosexuality and marginalizing LGBT people around the world,” David Dinielli, the SPLC’s deputy legal director, said in a statement.
“For this reason, we have filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking the Department of Justice to make Mr. Sessions’ remarks available promptly. The American public has a right to know what he said.”