Jeff Sessions changes policy on discrimination

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Jeff Sessions changes policy on discrimination

Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General. Taken with permission from justice.gov.

Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General. Taken with permission from justice.gov.

Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General. Taken with permission from justice.gov.

Jeff Sessions, United States Attorney General. Taken with permission from justice.gov.

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The United States Attorney General, as appointed by the president, is the head of the United States Department of Justice. Their role? The chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer. This position is currently held by former Alabama Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In 1996, Sessions was elected Alabama AG after beating democrat Roger Bedford. In that same year, the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance sued the state of Alabama after the state attempted to deny funding to organizations advocating for sexual diversities in public universities. In the case Gay Lesbian Bisexual Alliance v. Sessions, the law was deemed unconstitutional and Sessions lost.

In May, Sessions sided with Trump policy in saying that “no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law.” This policy allows a business owner to refuse service to individuals if it challenges their faith. This can be applied to the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which a homosexual couple was denied a wedding cake by a Christian baker.

This year, Sessions has stated that prohibition on sex discrimination in the workplace does not apply to gender identity. This statement means that transgender people are no longer protected from discrimination in their place of work, reversing an Obama administration policy put in place three years ago to do just that.

“His [Sessions] statement in itself is flawed,” biology teacher Jessica Tidmore said. “Everyone has the right to not be harassed.”

These radical changes have startled many Americans. People are starting to realize what Trump’s presidency means for this country.

“I think that it’s a setback for America,” senior Alex Hooijschuur said. “Because what this man stands for is something that’s very reactionary.”

Hooijschuur argues that these changes are not beneficial in the long run. And if Sessions continues down this road, things may get worse.

“If he [Sessions] had the power to do so, if the populous was willing to do so,” Hooijschuur said. “I believe he would back down on things like civil rights.”

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