Senator grills judicial nominee if she believes homosexuality is a “sin”

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, asked judicial nominee Neomi Rao if she thought same-sex relationships were immoral. Rao said she sets aside her “personal views” and judges based on the Constitution.

After she affirmed the precedent set by the court’s decisions, Booker then asked Rao “Are gay relationships, in your opinion, immoral?”

Rao questioned the relevance of the question, given her commitment to following the clear precedent of the law. Booker replied that the personal opinion of the nominee was important and that to believe gay relationships were immoral would be similar to believing “African-American relationships are immoral.”

After affirming that she did not think that gay relationships are immoral, Booker pressed Rao, asking if she believed they are “a sin.” Rao replied that her “personal views on any of these subjects are things (she) would put to one side” and that she would follow precedent when making rulings.

“So you’re not willing to say here if you believe it is sinful for two men to be married?” Booker asked.

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